US Pat. No. 10,364,886

HYDROSTATIC AND DIRECT DRIVE TRANSMISSION

Dana Italia S.R.L., Arco...

1. A hydrostatic driveline, comprising:a power source;
a hydrostatic pump in driving engagement with the power source;
a primary driveline shaft in driving engagement with the power source;
a first transmission portion;
a second transmission portion in driving engagement with the first transmission portion;
a hydrostatic motor in fluid communication with the hydrostatic pump and in driving engagement with the first transmission portion; and
a vehicle output in driving engagement with the second transmission portion;
wherein the second transmission portion includes a first direct input, a second direct input, a main portion drivingly engaged with the first transmission portion, a first clutching device, a second clutching device, and a drive output portion drivingly engaged with the vehicle output, wherein the first clutching device is configured to selectively drivingly engage the first direct input with the drive output portion and wherein the second clutching device is configured to selectively drivingly engage the second direct input with the drive output portion; and
wherein the primary driveline shaft is also in driving engagement with the second transmission portion and the hydrostatic driveline may be selectively operated in either one of
a. a hydrostatic mode using the hydrostatic pump, the hydrostatic motor, the first transmission portion, and the second transmission portion, and
b. a direct drive mode using the primary driveline shaft and the second transmission portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,876

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A four-wheel driving apparatus for a vehicle, the four-wheel driving apparatus comprising:a planetary gear set including a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear, and provided so that the sun gear is coupled to a transmission output shaft;
a counter shaft provided in parallel to the transmission output shaft;
a sleeve included in the counter shaft, receiving operating force of a shift fork to slide along a longitudinal direction of the counter shaft, and provided to be selectively coupled to one of the sun gear and the carrier of the planetary gear set according to a sliding position;
a center differential connected to a front differential through a front output shaft directly coupled to the center differential and connected to a rear differential through a rear output shaft directly coupled to the center differential; and
a transfer gear device disposed to connect between the counter shaft and one of the front output shaft and the rear output shaft,
wherein the center differential is provided as a no slip differential (NSD), in which the center differential is connected with the counter shaft through the transfer gear device.

US Pat. No. 10,364,873

TORQUE CONVERTER STATOR HAVING INTERCHANGEABLE BLADES

1. A torque converter stator comprising:a body member having a central hub and an annular wall, the annular wall having an outer surface such that a series of spaced apart dovetail openings are located on the outer surface of the annular wall and such that each dovetail opening has a mouth defining an entrance into the dovetail opening;
a series of blades, each blade having a dovetail pin and an outer end and such that each dovetail pin is slid into a respective one of the dovetail openings on the body member through the dovetail opening's mouth, such that when the dovetail pin is fully received within its dovetail opening, the dovetail pin is held thereat in dovetail fashion; and
a duct ring having an inner wall such that the duct ring is removably attached to the outer end of each of the series of blades by having the inner wall contact each of the ends of the series of blades.

US Pat. No. 10,364,871

LINEAR DRIVE MECHANISM OF THE SCREW AND NUT TYPE WITH PERFECT ROLLING CONTACT

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALI...

1. Linear drive mechanism comprising a threaded shaft extending along a longitudinal axis and a nut arranged coaxially with the threaded shaft, the threaded shaft and the nut being shifted relative to each other along the longitudinal axis (z) as a result of relative rotation of the threaded shaft with respect to the nut about the longitudinal axis, wherein the mechanism further comprisesa plurality of rolling bearings interposed between the threaded shaft and the nut, each of the bearings comprising an outer race fixed to the nut, an inner race which is arranged coaxially with the outer race and is rotatable relative to the outer race about an axis of rotation, and a plurality of rolling members interposed between the outer race and the inner race, and
a corresponding plurality of rings, each of which is fixed to the inner race of a respective bearing so as to rotate therewith about the same axis of rotation and is interposed between the inner race of the bearing and the threaded shaft in such a manner that an inner surface of the ring is in contact with a screw thread of the threaded shaft,
wherein the rings and the bearings are arranged in such a manner that their respective axes of rotation are both inclined by a first angle and positioned at a first distance with respect to the longitudinal axis of the threaded shaft, said first angle and said first distance being the same for all the rings, and
wherein the shape of the screw thread of the threaded shaft and the shape of the inner surface of each ring are configured in such a manner that each ring is in perfect rolling contact with the threaded shaft along a respective contact line that is fixed relative to the nut and is both inclined by a second angle and positioned at a second distance with respect to the longitudinal axis of the threaded shaft,
characterized in that said first angle, said first distance, said second angle and said second distance are linked by the following equations:
tan=h/b
tan=h/a,
where h is the pitch of the screw thread measured in lead per radian.

US Pat. No. 10,364,870

SWITCHING DEVICE AND ADJUSTING ARRANGEMENT FOR CONTROL DEVICES

1. A fitting switching device (8), comprising a drive-output shaft (10) and an input shaft (9) coupled to the drive-output shaft (10) and by way of which the drive-output shaft (10) is drivable in a normal operating mode, and having an emergency drive (11) that transfers the drive-output shaft (10) from a usage position into an end position, a recess (14) is formed on an element (13) which is at least one of drivable or driven by the emergency drive (11), and a blocking element (15) is movable by way of an actuating device (16) from a position in which said blocking element is disengaged from the recess (14) into a position in which said blocking element engages into the recess (14), the recess (14) has at least one oblique surface (17, 18) which acts on the blocking element (15), and the at least one oblique surface (17, 18) is oriented such that a force that is imparted to the blocking element (15) by the emergency drive (11) in the engaging position has a component (45) which causes the blocking element (15) to be disengaged from the recess (14), and the actuating device (16) has a solenoid (33) and a spring (38) that applies a force to assist a force generated by the solenoid (33) for an actuating movement of the actuating device (16).

US Pat. No. 10,364,869

CHAIN GUIDE

TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO., O...

1. A chain guide, comprising:a guide shoe that slides and guides a traveling chain;
a base member that reinforces the guide shoe along a chain traveling direction;
at least one attachment member that is provided with an attachment hole, the attachment member being a rigid member having a thin sheet-shape fixing piece and a thin sheet-shape attachment portion together forming an L-shape with a plane of the thin sheet-shape fixing piece being transverse to a plane of the thin sheet-shape attachment portion, wherein the thin sheet-shape attachment portion is provided with the attachment hole and the attachment hole has a center axis extending transverse to the chain traveling direction without passing through said guide shoe or base member;
the thin sheet-shaped attachment portion is provided separately from the guide shoe and the base member and integrally fixed via the thin sheet-shaped fixing piece to at least one of the guide shoe and the base member or both of the guide shoe and the base member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,868

MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A transmission comprising:at least one stationary member;
an input member rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member;
a plurality of planetary gearsets operatively coupled to the input member, each of the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first gearset component, a second gearset component, and a third gearset component, the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first planetary gearset, a second planetary gearset, a third planetary gearset, and a fourth planetary gearset, wherein the third gearset component of the third planetary gearset is fixedly coupled to the at least one stationary member;
an output member operatively coupled to the input member through the plurality of planetary gearsets and rotatable relative to the at least one stationary member, the output member is fixedly coupled to the third gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a first interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the first planetary gearset, the first gearset component of the second planetary gearset, and the first gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset together;
a second interconnector which fixedly couples the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset; and
a plurality of selective couplers, wherein the plurality of selective couplers includes:
a first selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the first gearset component of the third planetary gearset and the second gearset component of the second planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a second selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset to the at least one stationary member;
a third selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset to the third gearset component of the first planetary gearset;
a fourth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the third planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset;
a fifth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the second gearset component of the fourth planetary gearset; and
a sixth selective coupler which, when engaged, fixedly couples the second gearset component of the first planetary gearset to the third gearset component of the second planetary gearset.

US Pat. No. 10,364,867

MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

14. A transmission comprising:at least one stationary member including a housing, the housing having a first end and a second end;
an input member accessible proximate the first end of the housing;
a plurality of planetary gearsets operatively coupled to the input member, each planetary gearset of the plurality of planetary gearsets including a sun gear, a plurality of planet gears operatively coupled to the sun gear, a planet carrier operatively coupled to the plurality of planet gears, and a ring gear operatively coupled to the plurality of planet gears, the plurality of planetary gearsets including a first planetary gearset, a second planetary gearset, a third planetary gearset, and a fourth planetary gearset, the first planetary gearset positioned between the first end of the housing and the second planetary gearset, the second planetary gearset positioned between the first planetary gearset and the third planetary gearset, the third planetary gearset positioned between the second planetary gearset and the fourth planetary gearset, and the fourth planetary gearset positioned between the third planetary gearset and the second end of the housing, each of the first planetary gearset, the second planetary gearset, the third planetary gearset, and the fourth planetary gearset comprising a simple planetary gearset;
a plurality of selective couplers operatively coupled to the plurality of planetary gearsets, each of the plurality of selective couplers having an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration, the plurality of selective couplers including a first number of clutches and a second number of brakes, the first number being equal to the second number; and
an output member accessible proximate the second end of the housing and operatively coupled to the input member through the plurality of planetary gearsets, the output member being fixedly coupled to the ring gear of the second planetary gearset and the planet carrier of the fourth planetary gearset, wherein the input member is operatively coupled to the plurality of planetary gearsets only through a subset of the first number of clutches, the first number of clutches including a first clutch, a second clutch, and a third clutch, the subset including the first clutch and the second clutch, wherein
the first clutch, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to a first group of the plurality of planetary gearsets; and
the second clutch, when engaged, fixedly couples the input member to a second group of the plurality of planetary gearsets.

US Pat. No. 10,364,864

DAMPER DEVICE

AISIN AW CO., LTD., Anjo...

1. A damper device comprising:an input element to which torque from an engine is transferred;
an output element;
a first intermediate element;
a second intermediate element;
a first elastic body that transfers torque between the input element and the first intermediate element;
a second elastic body that transfers torque between the first intermediate element and the output element;
a third elastic body that transfers torque between the input element and the second intermediate element;
a fourth elastic body that transfers torque between the second intermediate element and the output element; and
a fifth elastic body that transfers torque between the first intermediate element and the second intermediate element, wherein:
a natural frequency of the second intermediate element at a time when torque is transferred from the input element to the output element via all of the first to fifth elastic bodies is higher than a natural frequency of the first intermediate element at the time when torque is transferred from the input element to the output element via all of the first to fifth elastic bodies; and
at least one of the third and fourth elastic bodies is disposed on a radially outer side of the first and second elastic bodies.

US Pat. No. 10,364,857

DISC BRAKE APPARATUS

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A disc brake apparatus in which a piston arranged within a cylinder formed in a caliper body presses brake pads on receiving a pressing force from an operating spring, the disc brake apparatus comprising:a support part formed in a part of the caliper body;
a reaction force receiver projected from a side of the piston and opposed to the support part;
a cam part which is interposed between the support part and the reaction force receiver, and is capable of spreading a distance between the support part and the reaction force receiver to thereby release the pressing force on receiving a rotation force; and
a rotation force input part connected to the cam part,
wherein a rotating axis of the cam part perpendicular to an axial direction of the piston, and
wherein an actuator that inputs an operating force into the rotation force input part is provided on a side surface of the caliper body located on an opposite side to an arranged position of the operating spring.

US Pat. No. 10,364,856

BRAKE SHIM WITH BUCKLE PREVENTION

1. A brake shim, comprising:a flat body with a lug hole;
an expansion feature adjacent to and partially circumscribing the lug hole;
said expansion feature being an elongated hole extending from a first end adjacent to the lug hole to a second end adjacent to the lug hole and having a curved inner edge extending between the first and second ends adjacent to the lug hole and a curved outer edge extending between the first and second ends opposite the curved inner edge; and
a bridge portion of said body between the lug hole and the curved inner edge that is flexible in a direction of the curved outer edge.

US Pat. No. 10,364,853

FREE-WHEELING DEVICE FOR AN AUTOMATIC GEARBOX

1. A free-wheeling device for an automatic gearbox of a motor vehicle, comprising a rotatable inner ring and a stationary fixed outer ring, and a cage which is arranged radially between the inner ring and the outer ring for receiving clamping bodies, wherein the outer ring includes at least a supporting ring and a securing ring which is arranged radially on an outer circumferential face of the supporting ring and connected rotationally fixedly to the supporting ring, the supporting ring being configured to absorb tangential forces, wherein the securing ring has a plurality of radial formations on an outer circumferential face for stationary fixing of the outer ring, and wherein the securing ring is formed as one piece and comprises two ring discs which are axially connected together via the plurality of radial formations.

US Pat. No. 10,364,838

BOOT FOR A SOCKET ASSEMBLY

Federal-Mogul Motorparts ...

1. A vehicle suspension system, comprising:a first suspension component;
a second suspension component having an opening and a generally planar surface around said opening;
a socket assembly including a housing which is operably connected with said first suspension component and has an inner bore;
said socket assembly further including a stud which extends along an axis out of said inner bore of said housing and is operably connected with said second suspension component, said stud comprising a ball stud with a ball portion that is received in said inner bore of said housing and a shank portion having a tapered section which projects out of said housing;
a dust boot extending from a first end portion that is sealed against said housing of said socket assembly to a second end portion;
said second end portion of said dust boot being made as a monolithic piece of a flexible material and including a first sealing feature and a second sealing feature;
said flexible material of said first sealing feature having a plurality of circumferentially spaced axially extending ribs that are in direct surface-to-surface contact with and sealed against said tarped section of said shank portion of said stud and having a plurality of circumferentially spaced axially extending grooves separating said ribs, and wherein a lubricant can flow through said grooves between said flexible material of said dust boot and said stud;
said first sealing feature further including a plurality of circumferentially spaced radially inwardly extending relief valves, each positioned in a respective one of said grooves and sealed against said stud and extending at oblique angles relative to said axis and axially away from said first suspension component to contact said stud for allowing the lubricant to pass said first sealing feature in one direction and for restricting the passage of contaminants in an opposite direction; and
said second sealing feature comprising a circumferential lip which is spaced from said first sealing feature and is sealed against said generally planar surface of said second suspension component.

US Pat. No. 10,364,835

SAFETY GUARD FOR A HYDRAULIC DEVICE

Riverhawk Company, New H...

1. A safety guard for a hydraulic device including a hydraulic chamber, the safety guard comprising:(a) a guard housing surrounding at least a portion of the hydraulic device; and
(b) a hydraulic interlock assembly including:
(i) a clamping member coupled with the guard housing, the clamping member including a first surface adapted to be supported by the hydraulic device, the clamping member having a cavity defined therein,
(ii) a first hydraulic connector movably disposed within the cavity of the clamping member, the first hydraulic connector including a first passage in fluid communication with the hydraulic chamber of the hydraulic device,
(iii) a coupling member movably disposed within the cavity and fixedly coupled with the first hydraulic connector, the coupling member including a second passage in fluid communication with the first passage and a hydraulic source, and
(iv) a disconnect bias spring disposed within the cavity of the clamping member, the disconnect bias spring including a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is coupled with the clamping member, and wherein the second end is coupled to the coupling member for biasing the coupling member away from the hydraulic device.

US Pat. No. 10,364,833

FIXING BAND FOR CONSTANT-VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT BOOT

NTN CORPORATION, Osaka (...

1. A fastening band for a constant velocity universal joint boot, the fastening band comprising a steel plate plated with a plating layer as a base material,the plating layer being a zinc-aluminum-magnesium alloy in which aluminum and magnesium are added to zinc, and having a composition in which aluminum is contained by 4.0 to 14.0 mass % and magnesium is set to 1.0 to 10.0 mass %, thereby
the plating layer has a self-repairing function of forming a zinc series protective film containing aluminum and magnesium on a plating peeling part with a component dissolved from the plating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,832

ACTUATOR

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. An actuator comprising:an actuator body,
a piston relatively moveable within the actuator body, and
a rod attached to the piston and extending out of a first end of the actuator body, the actuator body comprising a first port passage and a second port passage for conveying actuator fluid to or from the actuator body to effect relative movement of the piston and rod with respect to the actuator body, wherein the actuator also has:
a damping control portion provided with damping control fluid containing magnetic particles, wherein the piston or the rod is adjacent the damping control fluid, and
a first electrical coil disposed around the first port passage, a second electrical coil disposed around the second port passages, wherein the first and the second electrical coils are disposed on an exterior of the actuator body and associated with the damping control portion, such that an electrical current supplied to the first or second electrical coils induces a magnetic field over the damping control fluid and causes the effective viscosity of the damping control fluid to increase, thus increasing the damping effect of the damping control fluid on the piston or rod, wherein the piston or rod is provided with a magnet and an inducer coil is provided around the actuator body, such that relative movement of the piston or rod within the actuator body induces an electrical current in the inducer coil, wherein the induced electrical current is supplied to the first electrical coil.

US Pat. No. 10,364,831

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AIR MANAGEMENT OF AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

General Electric Company,...

6. A method of operating an integrated air management system (AMS) comprising:a first pressurized fluid source of relatively higher pressure air;
a second pressurized fluid source of relatively lower pressure air than the first pressurized fluid source; and
a jet pump assembly comprising a motive air inlet, a plurality of suction inlets, and a single outlet;
a supply source comprising:
a first conduit configured to channel the relatively higher pressure air through a jet pump shutoff valve (JPSOV) to the motive air inlet;
a second conduit configured to channel the relatively higher pressure air to at least one of the plurality of suction inlets through a high-pressure shutoff valve (HPSOV); and
a third conduit configured to channel the relatively lower pressure air to at least one of the plurality of suction inlets; and
an outlet channeling outlet air from said jet pump assembly to a downstream AMS, said method comprising:
generating a flow of distribution air using at least one of a flow of relatively higher pressure air and a flow of relatively lower pressure air;
channeling the flow of distribution air to the supply source;
controlling a relative flow of the relatively higher pressure air with respect to the flow of relatively lower pressure air to maintain an efficiency of the integrated AMS at a first efficiency level using the JPSOV and HPSOV;
receiving a demand signal; and
controlling the relative flow of the relatively higher pressure air flow with respect to the flow of relatively lower pressure air to maintain an efficiency of the integrated AMS at a second efficiency level using the JPSOV and HPSOV based on the received demand signal.

US Pat. No. 10,364,829

VACUUM PUMP

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A vacuum pump, comprising:a housing including an inlet port;
a rotor part in the housing, the rotor part including:
a recess part through an upper portion of the rotor part, the recess part facing the inlet port, and
a plurality of rotating blades external to the recess part;
a rotating shaft extending into the recess part; and
a capping part overlapping the rotating shaft and covering the recess part, the inlet port of the housing overlapping an entire width of the capping part,
wherein the rotor part further includes exhaust holes external to the recess part and extending from the recess part among the plurality of rotating blades, longitudinal directions of the exhaust holes extending in a plane parallel to a bottom of the recess part.

US Pat. No. 10,364,828

VARIABLE STATOR VANE MECHANISM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A variable stator vane mechanism for adjusting a mounting angle of a stator vane of an axial flow compressor, the variable stator vane mechanism comprising:an arm coupled to the stator vane;
a rotation ring coupled to one end portion of the arm and located at an outer surface of a casing of the axial flow compressor;
a driving machine configured to rotate the rotation ring to cause the stator vane to pivot via the arm; and
a friction pad detachably mounted on the casing by the use of a fastening member,
wherein the rotation ring is in frictional contact with the friction pad, and
wherein the friction pad is formed with a plurality of grooves extending parallel to each other from an anterior side of the friction pad to a center portion of the friction pad so that the friction pad can be inserted and pulled out in a direction parallel to the grooves when the fastening member is loosened.

US Pat. No. 10,364,827

GUIDE VANE RING, GUIDE VANE, INNER RING AND TURBOMACHINE

MTU Aero Engines AG, Mun...

1. An adjustable guide vane ring of a turbomachine, with a plurality of guide vanes forming a row of guide vanes and with an inner ring for stabilizing the row of guide vanes, wherein the guide vanes each have a radially outer adjusting pin relative to a lengthwise axis of the guide vane ring, the radially outer adjusting pin being adjustable, and wherein the guide vanes, each with a radially inner vane disk, are directly taken up in bearing recesses of the inner ring and being in direct communication with the inner ring with no bushes residing between the radially inner vane disk and the inner ring, wherein the radially inner vane disks have no bearing pin and act as bearing pins, the radially inner vane disks and/or the bearing recesses are coated on their bearing surfaces, and the guide vanes have an overhang on a side of a back edge past the radially inner vane disks, and a radial height of the radially inner vane disks increases downstream of a primary flow and the radial height of the radially inner vane disks upstream is between 15% and 30% of a diameter of the radially inner vane disks.

US Pat. No. 10,364,822

BLADE FOR A VARIABLE PITCH FAN

FLEXXAIRE INC, Edmonton,...

1. A fan blade extending from a fan hub of a variable pitch fan of a diesel engine, the fan blade comprising:a shaft defining a pitching axis of rotation of the fan blade, and a single blade extending from the shaft, the blade having a blade mass and the blade defining a blade shape and a centre of mass; and
the blade being positioned relative to the shaft such that the centre of mass is sufficiently offset from the pitching axis of rotation that a pitching torque of the fan blade about the pitching axis of rotation is less than 90% of the pitching torque of a blade having the same blade mass and defining the same blade shape and centre of mass but positioned relative to the shaft such that the centre of mass is not offset from the pitching axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,820

COMPRESSOR AND COMPRESSOR-MANUFACTURING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A compressor comprising:a casing including an upper half casing having an upper half casing-divided surface as a horizontal surface facing downward in a vertical direction and a lower half casing having a lower half casing-divided surface capable of abutting against the upper half casing-divided surface, the casing having a tubular shape with a first end and a second end that are open;
a bundle including an impeller rotatable about an axis, a plurality of diaphragms in which the impeller is accommodated and a flow path introducing a fluid to a flow path of the impeller is formed, and annular heads respectively fixed on the first end and the second end of the casing in an axial direction in which the axis extends with respect to the plurality of diaphragms and closing the first end and the second end of the casing, the bundle being accommodated in the casing;
a communication clearance seal portion sealing a communication clearance extending in the axial direction between an outer peripheral surface of one of the diaphragms and an inner peripheral surface of the casing such that a suction port through which the fluid flows in and a discharge port through which the fluid is discharged communicate with each other; and
a regulating portion provided in at least one of the casing and one of the annular heads and regulating a position of the one of the annular heads in the axial direction with respect to the casing, wherein
the communication clearance seal portion is an O ring;
a clearance seal attachment groove to which the communication clearance seal portion is attached is formed in the outer peripheral surface of the one of the diaphragms; and
the clearance seal attachment groove is tapered to become deeper toward a circumferential direction from at least one of an upper vertex of the one of the diaphragms in the vertical direction and a lower vertex of the one of the diaphragms in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,815

DOWNHOLE BLOWER SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED CONSTRUCTION

Upwing Energy, LLC, Cerr...

1. A blower system comprising:a stator comprising:
a plurality of stator sub-assemblies arranged on a longitudinal axis and comprising a plurality of stator vanes; and
a plurality of electric machine windings attached to the respective plurality of stator vanes;
a rotor positioned and carried to rotate within the stator about the longitudinal axis, the rotor comprising:
a plurality of vane sections, each comprising a plurality of rotor vanes;
a plurality of magnetic sections arranged between the plurality of vane sections, the plurality of stator vanes and the plurality of rotor vanes configured to drive a fluid between the stator and the rotor when the rotor is rotated within the stator.

US Pat. No. 10,364,808

PUMPING SYSTEM FOR CHROMATOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschlan...

1. A pumping system for compressible fluids, the pumping system comprising:a first pump having a first pump outlet,
a second pump having a second pump outlet, the second pump arranged in parallel with the first pump, wherein the first pump outlet and the second pump outlet merge in a junction which is in fluid communication with a main outlet; and
a controller to regulate an output pressure of the second pump on the basis of a measurement of an output pressure of the first pump such that the output pressure of the second pump is kept below the output pressure of the first pump and wherein a maximum flow volume of the second pump is less than 20% of a maximum flow volume of the first pump.

US Pat. No. 10,364,803

MODULAR TOWER-TYPE SOLAR THERMAL POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

1. A modular tower solar thermal power generation system, comprising: a solar thermal collector device configured for collecting solar thermal energy, a heat exchanger connected to the solar thermal collector device and configured for producing steam, and a thermal power conversion device connected to the heat exchanger and configured for converting steam into electrical energy; wherein, the solar thermal collector device comprises a plurality of tower solar thermal modules;wherein, the plurality of tower solar thermal modules include a plurality of A-type tower solar thermal modules and a plurality of B-type tower solar thermal modules, the plurality of A-type tower solar thermal modules are all connected with the heat exchanger through a same centralized thermal storage unit configured to store thermal energy of heated thermal working medium, and each of the B-type tower solar thermal modules is connected to a distributed thermal storage unit configured to store thermal energy of heated thermal working medium, wherein,
some of the A-type tower solar thermal modules are configured to use molten salt as thermal working medium, others of the A-type tower solar thermal modules are configured to use steam as thermal working medium, and all the B-type tower solar thermal modules are configured to use molten salt as thermal working medium; and
all the A-type tower solar thermal modules using molten salt as thermal working medium are connected in parallel with the A-type tower solar thermal modules using steam as thermal working medium, the B-type tower solar thermal modules are connected in series with each other, and the A-type tower solar thermal modules are connected in parallel with the B-type tower solar thermal modules.

US Pat. No. 10,364,799

SECURE WINDFARM POWER PRODUCTION DURING A SCADA SYSTEM OFFLINE MODE

INVENTUS HOLDINGS, LLC, ...

6. A system for generating power comprising:a windfarm comprising a plurality of wind turbines, wherein each wind turbine comprises:
a controller that controls operations of a corresponding wind turbine;
a start button; and
a stop button;
a plurality of terminal interface units (TIUs), wherein each TIU is hard-wired to the start button and the stop button of a respective one of the plurality of wind turbines in the windfarm;
a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that provides control commands to each turbine controller of the plurality of wind turbines in the windfarm to cause the windfarm to output power at a level within power parameters identified in a setpoint;
a backup system comprising a programmable logic controller (PLC) that:
receives turbine state information from the SCADA system that characterizes an operational state of each of the plurality of wind turbines;
detects that the SCADA system is offline; and
selectively provides start and stop commands to each of the plurality of TIUs to control the windfarm to output power at a level within the power parameters identified in the setpoint in response to the detecting.

US Pat. No. 10,364,792

BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A HYDRAULIC MACHINE

POCLAIN HYDRAULICS INDUST...

1. A hydraulic machine comprising a shaft and a casing mounted to rotate relative to each other by means of a bearing, the hydraulic machine comprising:first brake elements constrained to rotate with the casing;
second brake elements constrained to rotate with the shaft;
the first and second brake elements forming a stack and being configured so as to enable the casing to be constrained to rotate with the shaft when they are put into contact;
a spring washer mounted to bear against the casing and tending to urge the first and second brake elements in a braking direction, tending to cause the first and second brake elements to be put into contact; and
brake release pistons configured to act on the spring washer in a direction opposing the braking direction;
wherein
the brake release pistons comprise a primary brake release piston associated with a primary brake release chamber, and a secondary brake release piston associated with a secondary brake release chamber, said primary and secondary chambers being fluidly connected together and adapted through a common pressurized fluid within each chamber to exert thrust forces respectively on the primary piston and on the secondary piston wherein with the chambers pressurized the primary brake release piston applies a releasing force to the secondary brake release piston and additionally the secondary brake release piston applies a releasing force to compress the spring washer such that the combined forces release act against the spring to the brake elements and allow the shaft to rotate; and
said primary and secondary chambers being arranged in succession along a longitudinal direction of the shaft and extending radially around the shaft in such a manner that projections of the primary brake release chamber and of the secondary brake release chamber onto a plane perpendicular to a longitudinal axis defined by the axis of rotation of the hydraulic machine are overlapping, at least in part.

US Pat. No. 10,364,790

WAVE ENERGY RECOVERY APPARATUS WITH AN ENERGY TRANSFER ARRANGEMENT

AW-ENERGY OY, Vantaa (FI...

1. Wave energy recovery apparatus with an energy transfer arrangement comprising at least a base, a reciprocating panel, a pivot shaft for the reciprocating panel, a control system, and a driving and power-take-off (PTO) arrangement equipped with an actuating mechanism, and one or more power-take-off (PTO) units to convert kinetic energy of waves or tidal currents to another type of energy, each PTO unit comprising a hydraulic power transmission mechanism having hydraulic cylinders with pistons inside the hydraulic cylinders, which pistons are fastened with their free ends to a common connecting plate that is arranged to move all the pistons simultaneously inwards into the hydraulic cylinders and to draw all the pistons simultaneously outwards from the hydraulic cylinders, and in which arrangement the cylinders are arranged to work in pairs, each pair comprising two similar cylinders and two similar pistons, wherein the arrangement comprises at least two or more pairs of hydraulic cylinders with pistons which all are fastened to the same common connecting plate,wherein the apparatus compromises a closing and sealing mechanism that has been arranged to protect pusher ends of the actuating rod, and if needed the first end of the power transmission mechanism of each PTO unit from the seawater when the PTO units are detached from the actuating mechanism, and or when the apparatus is protected against stormy conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,364,781

QUICK FIT CONNECTOR

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A quick fit connector for the return line of fuel injectors in an internal combustion engine, comprising:a connector body having at least one connection branch insertable in a fuel return port of a fuel injector;
a lower plate;
a spring clip; and
an upper plate, the upper plate being slidingly mountable on the spring clip and the connector body, wherein the upper plate is movable between an unlocked position, in which the spring clip is in an unloaded condition and free from engaging the fuel injector and a locked position in which the spring clip is in a loaded condition for engaging the fuel injector and the lower plate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,778

COMPOSITE INTAKE SYSTEM AND METHOD OF THE ROTARY ENGINE WITH VARIABLE INTAKE MANIFOLD

JIANGSU UNIVERSITY, (CN)...

1. A composite intake system of a rotary engine having a flywheel, said composite intake system comprising an air cleaner, an intake manifold, a primary intake switching tube, a variable intake manifold, a secondary intake switching tube, a side-intake manifold, a peripheral-intake manifold, a middle partition, a cylindrical body, a rotor, a speed sensor and controller (ECU); wherein a peripheral-intake port and a peripheral-exhaust port are distributed at a peripheral-wall of the cylindrical body, a side-intake port is arranged in the middle partition; the rotor is arranged in the cylindrical body; the middle partition, is fixed on a side face of the cylindrical body and located between the side face of the cylindrical body and the rotor; the primary intake switching tube is connected with the air cleaner via the intake manifold; the variable intake manifold includes a short intake manifold and a long intake manifold; the short intake manifold and the long intake manifold are connected with the primary intake switching tube at one end; first valve is arranged in the primary intake switching tube which is used to control the intake manifold to connect with the at least one of one end of the short intake manifold and the long intake manifold; the other end of short intake manifold and the long intake manifold is connected with the secondary intake switching tube; other end of the secondary intake switching tube is connected with the side-intake manifold and the peripheral-intake manifold, and another end of the side-intake manifold is connected with the side-intake port and another end of the peripheral-intake manifold is connected with the peripheral-intake port; the connection between the secondary intake switching tube and the side-intake manifold is controlled by a secondary valve and the connection between the secondary intake switching tube and the peripheral-intake manifold is controlled by a third valve; wherein the secondary valve and the third valve are arranged in the secondary intake switching tube; the speed sensor is mounted on the flywheel and it is connected with the ECU to detect a rotational speed of the rotor and transmit rotational speed signal to the ECU; and the ECU is connected with the first valve, the second valve and the third valve to control their opening and closing according to the rotational speed of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,364,776

AIR INTAKE APPARATUS

AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An air intake apparatus comprising:an air intake apparatus body including an intake air passage; and
an external gas passage portion provided as a structure separate from the air intake apparatus body inside the air intake apparatus body, the external gas passage portion through which an external gas can be introduced into the intake air passage,
wherein the external gas passage portion is arranged apart from an inner surface of the intake air passage by a heat-insulating layer inside the air intake apparatus body,
the intake air passage includes a plurality of intake air passages that distribute intake air to cylinders of an engine, respectively,
the external gas passage portion has a shape in which the external gas passage portion is hierarchically branched such that the external gas is guided to each of the plurality of intake air passages inside the air intake apparatus body,
a single external gas introduction portion that introduces the external gas is provided on one side end of the air intake apparatus body,
the external gas passage portion extends inward of the air intake apparatus body through the single external gas introduction portion, and has an asymmetrical shape with respect to a starting point for branching to be hierarchically branched,
the external gas passage portion includes a single first external gas passage portion connected to the single external gas introduction portion, a plurality of second external gas passage portions branching from the single first external gas passage portion, and a plurality of third external gas passage portions branching from each of the plurality of second external gas passage portions in the same number as the plurality of intake air passages, and
the plurality of third external gas passage portions connect to the plurality of intake air passages.

US Pat. No. 10,364,764

TECHNIQUES FOR MODELING AND ADAPTATION OF GAS PRESSURES IN A LOW PRESSURE EXHAUST GAS RECIRCULATION SYSTEM OF A TURBOCHARGED GASOLINE ENGINE

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A control system for a vehicle including a gasoline engine, a turbocharger, and a low pressure exhaust gas recirculation (LPEGR) system, the LPEGR system comprising an EGR cooler and connecting an exhaust system of the engine to an induction system of the engine, the control system comprising:a differential pressure (dP) valve disposed in the induction system downstream from an air filter and upstream from a compressor of the turbocharger and an EGR port of the induction system;
a dP valve outlet pressure sensor configured to measure pressure in the induction system at an outlet of the dP valve;
an EGR valve disposed upstream from the EGR cooler in the LPEGR system and configured to control a flow of exhaust gas produced by the engine from an EGR pickup in the exhaust system downstream from a turbine of the turbocharger to the EGR port;
an EGR valve delta pressure sensor configured to measure a delta pressure across the EGR valve; and
a controller configured to:
receive the measured dP valve outlet pressure and the measured EGR valve delta pressure;
based on the measured dP valve outlet pressure and the measured EGR valve delta pressure, determine (i) a modeled pressure at the EGR pickup and (ii) a modeled pressure at outlet of the EGR cooler;
based on the measured dP valve outlet pressure, determine (i) a modeled pressure at an outlet of the air filter and (ii) a modeled pressure at the dP valve outlet; and
control the dP valve and the EGR valve based on the modeled EGR pickup pressure, the modeled EGR cooler outlet pressure, the modeled air filter outlet pressure, and the modeled dP valve outlet pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,763

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR LIMITED EMISSIONS REFUELING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method comprising:during a first condition, including an ongoing refueling event with a canister purge valve maintained closed, receiving an indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough from a fuel vapor canister; and
during the ongoing refueling event with the canister purge valve maintained closed, restricting flow of fuel vapor through a fuel vapor canister vent pathway responsive to the indication of hydrocarbon breakthrough by closing a valve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,759

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicle traveling control method comprising:detecting a remaining fuel amount in a fuel tank including a fuel chamber in which a suction port of a fuel pump is disposed for sucking fuel to be supplied to an engine, the fuel tank being configured to generate negative pressure for sucking fuel to the fuel chamber by ejecting a part of fuel sucked by the fuel pump into the fuel chamber via a fuel line;
permitting, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, inertial traveling during which a vehicle travels, with the engine kept stopped;
operating, when the detected remaining fuel amount is less than a first threshold, the fuel pump despite the engine stopped owing to the inertial traveling; and
prohibiting stop of the engine when the detected remaining fuel amount is less than a second threshold smaller than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,364,756

INTAKE AIR CONTROL DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An intake air control device that controls a flow of intake air in an intake air passage of an internal combustion engine, the intake air control device comprising:a throttle valve that opens and closes the intake air passage through rotation of the throttle valve;
a valve shaft that includes:
a first rotatable shaft portion and a second rotatable shaft portion, which project from one side and another side, respectively, of the throttle valve in an axial direction; and
a fixing shaft portion that joins between the first rotatable shaft portion and the second rotatable shaft portion in the axial direction, wherein the fixing shaft portion is integrally rotatably fixed to the throttle valve;
a first fixing member that fixes the fixing shaft portion to the throttle valve at a first location, which is located on one side of a center point of the throttle valve where the first rotatable shaft portion is placed in the axial direction;
a second fixing member that fixes the fixing shaft portion to the throttle valve at a second location, which is located on another side of the center point of the throttle valve where the second rotatable shaft portion is placed in the axial direction;
a valve body that forms the intake air passage, which receives the throttle valve;
a first bearing that is held by the valve body and rotatably supports the first rotatable shaft portion; and
a second bearing that is held by the valve body and rotatably supports the second rotatable shaft portion, wherein:
the first bearing includes an inner race, which is fixed to the first rotatable shaft portion, and an outer race, which is fixed to the valve body;
the second bearing includes a slidable portion, which is axially slidably fitted to the second rotatable shaft portion, and a fixing portion, which is fixed to the valve body;
a linear expansion coefficient of the throttle valve and a linear expansion coefficient the valve body are set to be larger than a linear expansion coefficient of the valve shaft in the axial direction; and
a first distance, which is measured from the center point to the first location in the axial direction, is set to be larger than a second distance, which is measured from the center point to the second location in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,754

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING OVERBOARD BLEED HEAT OF A TURBINE INLET FILTER

General Electric Company,...

1. A power generation system comprising:a filter;
a compressor fluidly coupled to the filter via an inlet of the compressor;
a first valve configured to fluidly couple a first fluid exiting the compressor to an inlet of the filter, wherein the inlet of the compressor is positioned downstream with respect to the filter, wherein the first fluid exits the compressor without mixing with exhaust from a turbine;
a second valve configured to fluidly couple the first fluid exiting the compressor to the inlet of the compressor and to an outlet of the filter;
a processor; and
memory storing instructions configured to cause the processor to:
receive a first set of sensor data indicative of one or more ambient conditions with respect to the power generation system;
determine whether one of the one or more ambient conditions is above a respective threshold; and
send a first signal to the first valve to open when the one of the one or more ambient conditions is below the respective threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,364,750

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A gas turbine engine defining a radial direction and comprising:an outer nacelle;
a fan at least partially surrounded by the outer nacelle; and
a turbomachine drivingly coupled to the fan and at least partially surrounded by the outer nacelle, the outer nacelle defining a bypass airflow passage with the turbomachine, the turbomachine comprising
a compressor section defining in part a core air flowpath, the turbomachine further defining a core compartment outward of the core air flowpath along the radial direction;
a heat sink heat exchanger; and
a thermal management duct assembly defining a thermal management duct flowpath extending between an inlet and an outlet and positioned between the core air flowpath and the bypass airflow passage along the radial direction, the outlet selectively in airflow communication with the core compartment, and the heat sink heat exchanger positioned in thermal communication with the thermal management duct flowpath for transferring heat to an airflow through the thermal management duct flowpath during operation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,749

COOLING AIR HEAT EXCHANGER SCOOP

United Technologies Corpo...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:a fan section comprising a plurality of rotor cascades and a plurality of stator cascades, wherein the fan section defines a fan air stream;
a compressor section downstream of the fan section;
a combustor section downstream of the compressor section;
a first turbine section downstream of the combustor section, the first turbine section being connected to the compressor section;
a second turbine section downstream of the first turbine section, the second turbine section being connected to the fan section, wherein the compressor section, the combustor section, the first turbine section, and the second turbine section define a primary air stream;
a first cooling air scoop receiving a portion of the fan air stream and defining an inlet to a cooling air stream that is positioned upstream of and radially outward from a splitter, wherein the inlet divides the portion of the fan air stream into the cooling air stream and another portion of the fan air stream, the first cooling air scoop subtending only a first sector of a circumference of the gas turbine engine, wherein the first cooling air scoop comprises a leading edge nose that is radially aligned with or radially outward from a midspan of a downstream-most stator cascade of the plurality of stator cascades; and
the splitter positioned between the fan section and the compressor section dividing the another portion of the fan air stream into the primary air stream and a secondary air stream radially outward from the primary air stream;
a heat exchanger comprising:
a hot side that is fluidly connected to the compressor section; and
a cold side that is fluidly connected to the cooling air stream via the first cooling air scoop, wherein the cooling air stream combines with the secondary air stream downstream from the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,364,745

AIR INTAKE ARRANGEMENT

1. An intake for channeling air flowing past a propeller to an inlet of an aircraft engine that drives the propeller with a drive shaft, the intake comprising:a static cowling that extends along an axis and that flares outward at an upstream end of the static cowling;
an intake slot that is formed in the static cowling, the intake slot connecting to a passage of the inlet of the aircraft engine, the intake slot opening over an arc that extends less than 360 degrees of a circumference of the static cowling having an axially rearward edge that blends into the static cowling through a curve having a vertex, wherein the vertex is radially inside a projected extension of the flared portion from an upstream portion of the flared cowling across the intake slot, and
a translating cowl having a stowed position axially aft of the intake slot and a deployed position axially aligned with the intake slot, and
wherein the translating cowl extends circumferentially over a shorter arc than the intake slot.

US Pat. No. 10,364,742

CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVE MECHANISM

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control device for a vehicle drive mechanism including a moving body which is movably supported, two stoppers, each of which defines an end of a movability range of the moving body, an actuator which drives the moving body in a moving direction, and a sensor which senses a position of the moving body, the control device comprising:a learning unit that learns an output of the sensor corresponding to a contact state of each of the two stoppers,
wherein the learning unit executes learning for a first stopper of the two stoppers prior to learning for a second stopper of the two stoppers, the first stopper having a higher rigidity than the second stopper,
wherein, while the moving body is brought into contact with the first stopper, an operation variable of the actuator is limited so as not to exceed a first upper limit value,
wherein, while the moving body is brought into contact with the second stopper, the operation variable is limited so as not to exceed a second upper limit value, which is lower than the first upper limit value, and
wherein, while the moving body rebounds off the second stopper and moves toward the first stopper, the operation variable is limited so as not to exceed a third upper limit value, which is lower than the first upper limit value and greater than the second upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 10,364,741

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE PROVIDED WITH TURBOCHARGER

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:an engine main body;
a structural member disposed around the engine main body;
a bracket including a support plate and a plurality of leg pieces depending from the support plate and connected to the structural member;
a turbocharger including a turbine and a compressor, the turbine being connected to a side of the support plate opposite to the structural member;
an exhaust pipe connected to a central part of the turbine and extending in a direction away from the compressor; and
an engine auxiliary disposed between the structural member and the support plate,
wherein the leg pieces are arranged unevenly to shield heat to provide a higher heat shielding performance on a side of the exhaust pipe than on a side of the compressor with respect to the support plate.

US Pat. No. 10,364,736

FLUID CONTROL VALVE ASSEMBLY

NIPPON THERMOSTAT CO., LT...

1. A fluid control valve assembly comprising:a valve unit configured to open and close a fluid flow path to control an amount of fluid flow, the valve unit comprising a piston fixed to the upstream chamber at a connection point; and
an upstream chamber disposed upstream of the valve unit, the upstream chamber formed of spherical walls and an inwardly protruding bulge separate from the connection point, the upstream chamber defined by the spherical walls, the inwardly protruding bulge, an opening of an upstream pipe configured to supply fluid to the valve unit, and the valve unit,
wherein the upstream pipe is disposed on a portion of the upstream chamber and configured to supply fluid to the valve unit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,734

ASSEMBLY FOR AN EXHAUST SYSTEM

1. An assembly for an exhaust system, the assembly comprising:a housing having a jacket;
an insert arranged in an interior of the housing and having at least one exhaust pipe, wherein the jacket has an opening through which the exhaust pipe is connectable to the exhaust system; and
an adapter part that is connected to the exhaust pipe, wherein the adapter part has a contact section that contacts an inner side of the jacket around the opening, and the adapter part and the exhaust pipe are completely arranged in the interior of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,364,729

DETERMINING AN AMMONIA MASS FLOW BETWEEN TWO SCR CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method for determining a mass flow of ammonia between a first SCR catalytic converter and a second SCR catalytic converter, the second SCR catalytic converter disposed downstream of the first SCR catalytic converter in an SCR catalytic converter system (20) in an exhaust system (11), the exhaust system further comprising a reduction agent dosing unit (21) upstream of the first SCR catalytic converter (22), the method comprising:receiving, with an electronic control unit, a first signal from a NOx sensor electrically coupled to the electronic control unit and disposed between the first SCR catalytic converter and the second SCR catalytic converter;
receiving, with the electronic control unit, a second signal from a second NOx sensor electrically coupled to the electronic control unit disposed downstream of the second SCR catalytic converter; and
determining, with the electronic control unit, a mass flow of ammonia between the first SCR catalytic converter and the second SCR catalytic converter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,727

EXHAUST GAS PURIFICATION APPARATUS FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. An exhaust gas purification apparatus for an internal combustion engine comprising:an NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst that is arranged in an exhaust passage of the internal combustion engine and selectively reduces NOx in an exhaust gas by using ammonia as a reducing agent;
an addition valve that is arranged in said exhaust passage at the upstream side of said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst and adds an additive agent, which is ammonia or a precursor of ammonia, into the exhaust gas;
a temperature sensor configured to acquire a temperature of said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst;
an air fuel ratio sensor configured to acquire an air fuel ratio of the exhaust gas flowing into said NOx selective catalytic reduction catalyst; and
a controller configured to make an amount of the additive agent to be added into the exhaust gas from said addition valve smaller when the air fuel ratio acquired by said air fuel ratio sensor is larger than a predetermined air fuel ratio, than when it is equal to or less than said predetermined air fuel ratio, in cases where the temperature acquired by said temperature sensor is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature at which ammonia is oxidized.

US Pat. No. 10,364,726

METHOD FOR HEATING AN OPERATING AGENT, AND AN OPERATING AGENT HEATING SYSTEM

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A method for heating an operating agent for a rail vehicle, which comprises the steps of:pumping a coolant liquid just by means of a single pump through a coolant circuit of an internal combustion engine in an operating mode of an operating agent heating system;
pumping the coolant liquid by the single pump through a main heating circuit of the operating agent heating system for heating the operating agent in a reservoir in the operating mode;
dividing the main heating circuit into two sub-circuits of a preheating circuit though which the coolant liquid flows in a preheating mode of the operating agent heating system, wherein the coolant liquid heated by a preheating device will be pumped in the two sub-circuits through which the coolant liquid flows, by means of a pump of the preheating device through the two sub-circuits; and
performing a thawing mode with the operating agent heating system, where the coolant liquid heated by the preheating device is pumped by the pump of the preheating device through only a sub-circuit of the two sub-circuits of the preheating circuit which leads through the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,364,715

SLIP-TYPE ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL MUFFLER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A slip-type active noise control muffler reducing exhaust noise of a vehicle, the muffler comprising:at least two guides connected to an inner wall of a housing accommodating exhaust gas in the muffler and formed in a pipe shape in a longitudinal direction of the muffler; and
baffles positioned in a plane shape partitioning the interior of the housing and including an electromagnet on the plane shape to control an interval of the baffles through a movement signal by current applied to the electromagnet according to frequency determined from the exhaust gas,
wherein the interval of the baffles is controlled to produce a wavelength in an opposite direction with the frequency and an amplitude of a pressure wave and the exhaust noise is reduced by controlling a number of wavelengths depending on the frequency,
wherein the at least two guides are installed to penetrate a circumference of the baffles to provide a path of movement of the baffle,
wherein the frequency is determined by considering transmission loss (TL) from a cross-sectional area of the housing, and
wherein the transmission loss (TL) is determined by considering a wave number.

US Pat. No. 10,364,714

DEVICE FOR THE SEPARATION OF OIL DROPLETS AND/OR OIL MIST

Reinz-Dichtungs-GmbH, Ne...

1. A device for the separation of oil droplets and/or oil mist from blow-by gases of a combustion engine with a valve for the control of a gas flow from a pressure side to a suction side of the air-oil separator, where the valve comprises a valve body with at least two or more gas passage openings from the pressure side to the suction side of the valve as well as at least one valve closure for the suction-sided closure of gas passage openings of the valve body,wherein the at least one valve closure comprises resilient two tongues, wherein said tongues are realized in such a way that at least one of the gas passage openings cannot be closed by the resilient tongues, wherein said two tongues either face one another across a longitudinal axis located between two of said gas passage openings of said valve body or extend away from one another from said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,364,712

SYSTEM FOR VARIABLE ACTUATION OF A VALVE OF AN INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINE

C.R.F. Societa Consortile...

1. A system for variable actuation of an engine valve of an internal-combustion engine, comprising:a hydraulic apparatus, including:
a master piston,
a slave piston configured to be driven by said master piston by a volume of fluid set between said master piston and said slave piston, and
a solenoid valve configured for assuming a state in which said volume of fluid is set in communication with an outlet so as to render said slave piston independent from movement of said master piston;
a camshaft designed to drive said master piston in motion, said camshaft has a first cam profile for governing, through said master piston, said engine valve in a four-stroke engine operating mode;
said camshaft or a further camshaft has a second cam profile for governing said valve in a two-stroke engine operating mode;
a control unit configured for controlling said solenoid valve so as to govern said engine valve, within said four-stroke engine operating mode, according to a lift and/or opening and closing times that are variable as a function of one or more parameters indicative of operating conditions of the engine;
a rocker mechanism having:
a first rocker, which is pre-arranged for being actuated by said first cam profile,
a second rocker, which is pre-arranged for being actuated by said second cam profile,
a third rocker connected directly to said master piston to drive it in motion, and
a selector device for connecting selectively said third rocker and said master piston with said first rocker or said second rocker,
in such a way that actuation of the first rocker or the second rocker connected to the master piston via the third rocker determines movement of the master piston under control of the first cam profile or the second cam profile,
said control unit is configured for controlling said selector device so as to govern the engine valve selectively in one or the other of the two-stroke and four-stroke engine operating modes, and said control unit is configured for controlling said solenoid valve to open or close hydraulic connection between said volume of fluid, set between said master piston and said slave piston and said outlet, on the basis of the selected two-stroke or four-stroke engine operating mode, and
wherein said third rocker is associated to a further cam profile having an outer profile corresponding to a base circle of said first and second cam profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,364,709

VARIABLE VALVE MECHANISM, ENGINE, AND AUTOMATIC TWO-WHEELED VEHICLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A variable valve mechanism which changes an opening/closing timing of an intake valve or an exhaust valve in response to an engine rotation speed, the variable valve mechanism comprising:a cam sprocket which rotates in response to a rotation of a crank shaft;
a cam shaft which is integrated with any one of intake side and exhaust side cams and is provided to be rotatable relatively to the cam sprocket; and
a link member that engages with the cam sprocket and the cam shaft and transmits a rotation from the cam sprocket to the cam shaft, wherein
the link member is supported by the cam sprocket to be swingable and swings in response to a change in rotation speed of the cam sprocket to rotate the cam shaft relatively to the cam sprocket,
the link member includes:
a swing shaft which is fixed to the cam sprocket;
a weight portion which is disposed to be separated from the swing shaft; and
an engagement portion which engages with an engagement pin provided in the cam shaft and transmits a rotation of the cam sprocket to the cam shaft;
the link member is supported by the cam sprocket to be swingable; and
the weight portion moves outward in a radial direction of the cam sprocket and the engagement portion moves to move the engagement pin in accordance with the rotation of the cam sprocket so that the cam shaft rotates relatively to the cam sprocket;
the engagement portion is formed as a groove having an inner wall surface, and
the groove is provided with a first holding position which receives the engagement pin while the link member does not swing to a predetermined position or more and a second holding position which receives the engagement pin while the link member swings to a predetermined position or more,
a first stopper portion is provided in the inner wall surface disposed at a farther side from the swing shaft in a vicinity of the first holding position, and
the first stopper portion protrudes toward the inner wall surface facing the first stopper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,692

EXPANSION MACHINE HAVING A SHAFT SEALING RING AND A VALVE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. An expansion machine (20) having an output shaft (24) and a shaft sealing ring (25) which interacts with the output shaft, wherein the expansion machine (20) has an inflow region (21) and an outflow region (22), wherein the expansion machine is configured such that compressed working medium flows into the inflow region (21) and expanded working medium flows out of the outflow region (22), and wherein the shaft sealing ring (25) separates a valve space (11) filled with working medium from an ambient space (40), characterized in that a valve (10) is arranged in the expansion machine (20) and the pressure in the valve space (11) is controlled by the valve (10).

US Pat. No. 10,364,682

PLATFORM COOLING CORE FOR A GAS TURBINE ENGINE ROTOR BLADE

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A rotor blade, comprising:a platform;
an airfoil that extends radially from said platform;
a first cooling core that extends at least partially inside said airfoil;
a second cooling core inside of said platform;
a first cooling hole that extends circumferentially between a mate face of said platform and said second cooling core;
a second cooling hole that extends between a gas path surface of said platform and said second cooling core; and
wherein said second cooling core is radially disposed between said gas path surface and a non-gas path surface, and said second cooling core is circumferentially disposed between said first cooling core and said mate face; and
wherein said second cooling core is fed with a cooling fluid from a pocket located radially inboard from said platform.

US Pat. No. 10,364,674

CUTTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A cutting apparatus suitable for creating tunnels or subterranean roadways and the like comprising:a main frame having generally upward, downward and side facing regions;
at least one arm pivotally mounted via an arm pivot axis aligned in a direction extending transverse including perpendicular to a generally upright direction relative to the upward and downward facing regions to pivot the arm relative to the main frame in an upward and downward direction relative to the upward and downward facing regions;
at least one arm actuator arranged to actuate pivoting movement of the arm relative to the main frame;
a rotatable cutting head mounted at the arm rotatable about a head axis orientated to extend substantially transverse to the arm pivot axis;
a pair of crawler tracks or a set of wheels arranged to provide forward and rearward movement of the cutting apparatus over ground; and
a set of floor engaging members mounted at the main frame, wherein the floor engaging members are extendable to provide a cutting mode of the cutting apparatus, in which the cutting apparatus rests on the floor engaging members, and are retractable to provide a non-cutting mode of the cutting apparatus, in which the cutting apparatus rests on the pair of crawler tracks or set of wheels, the pair of crawler tracks or the set of wheels defining a plane inclined relative to the main frame such that upon changing from the cutting mode to the non-cutting mode the cutting head is raised away from the ground.

US Pat. No. 10,364,673

FLUID IMAGING IN A BOREHOLE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A system comprising:a plurality of radiation sources located circumferentially around a borehole to transmit radiation into a fluid in the borehole;
a plurality of radiation detectors located circumferentially around the borehole, the plurality of radiation detectors to detect the radiation transmitted by each of the respective ones of the plurality of radiation sources; and
a controller coupled to the plurality of radiation detectors to determine an attenuation of the radiation at the plurality of detectors and determine a chemical composition of the fluid in response to the attenuation of the radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,671

DIAMOND TIPPED CONTROL VALVE USED FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE DRILLING APPLICATIONS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A control valve assembly for a downhole string configured to be at least partially filled with mud, the control valve assembly comprising:a body including a mud flow passage having a mud flow inlet and a mud flow outlet;
a valve seat arranged at one of the mudflow inlet and the mudflow outlet;
a plunger arranged within the body, the plunger abutting the valve seat covering the one of the mudflow inlet and the mudflow outlet, wherein the plunger includes a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion extending therebetween, the first end portion including a tapered surface, at least one of the first end portion of the plunger and the valve seat is formed from diamond coated material;
a valve carrier supported in the body, the valve carrier extending about and supporting the plunger; and
a solenoid mounted at the body about the plunger, the solenoid being selectively energized to shift the plunger from the valve seat allowing a pulse of mud to flow through the mud flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,670

AZIMUTHALLY ACOUSTIC IMAGING LOGGING WHILE DRILLING (LWD) APPARATUS

INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND ...

1. An azimuthally acoustic imaging logging while drilling (LWD) apparatus, comprising:a drill collar having a first section and a second section,
a low-frequency transmitting transducer, a high-frequency transmitting transducer, and a transmitting integrated circuit unit disposed on the first section of the drill collar;
a receiving transducer and a receiving integrated circuit unit disposed on the second section of the drill collar;
a sound insulator disposed between the first section and the second section;
a trace rod extending through the sound insulator, wherein a first end of the trace rod is connected with the transmitting integrated circuit unit, and a second end of the trace rod is connected with the receiving integrated circuit unit,
wherein, during operation, the low-frequency transmitting transducer and the high-frequency transmitting transducer both operate at their respective transducer resonance points.

US Pat. No. 10,364,668

MEASURING MICRO STALLS AND STICK SLIPS IN MUD MOTORS USING FIBER OPTIC SENSORS

HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVIC...

1. A method of measuring stick slips and micro stalls in a down-hole mud motor, the method comprising:positioning in a borehole a mud motor with an elastomeric stator and at least one fiber optic sensor within the elastomeric stator, the fiber optic sensor including a Bragg grating;
measuring a spectrum of light reflected from the Bragg grating with a spectrophotometer;
processing, via a down-hole computer, data from the spectrophotometer to compute time-domain samples of peak wavelength in the spectrum of light reflected from the Bragg grating;
receiving a measurement from the fiber optic sensor corresponding to a strain within the elastomeric stator; and
processing, via the down-hole computer, the received measurement to determine frequencies of micro stalls and stick slips of the mud motor by converting the time-domain samples of peak wavelength to the frequency domain.

US Pat. No. 10,364,664

DOWNHOLE ACOUSTIC MAPPING

SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY C...

1. An apparatus comprising:a downhole tool for operation within a wellbore, wherein the downhole tool comprises:
a first transmitter unit located at a first axial location of the downhole tool and operable to transmit a first acoustic signal at a first frequency that is less than 30 kilohertz;
a first receiver unit located at a second axial location axially offset from the first axial location and operable to measure amplitude of the first acoustic signal;
a second receiver unit located at a third axial location axially offset from the first and second axial locations and operable to measure amplitude of the first acoustic signal;
a second transmitter unit comprising a plurality of transmitters azimuthally distributed around a longitudinal axis of the downhole tool at a fourth axial location axially offset from the first, second, and third axial locations, wherein each transmitter of the second transmitter unit is operable to transmit a second acoustic signal at a second frequency that is greater than 50 kilohertz;
a third receiver unit comprising a plurality of receivers azimuthally distributed around the longitudinal axis and located at a fifth axial location axially offset from the first, second, third, and fourth axial locations, wherein each receiver of the third receiver unit is operable to measure amplitude of the second acoustic signal; and
a fourth receiver unit comprising a plurality of receivers azimuthally distributed around the longitudinal axis and located at a sixth axial location axially offset from the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth axial locations, wherein each receiver of the fourth receiver unit is operable to measure amplitude of the second acoustic signal,
wherein the downhole tool further comprises:
a sonde section comprising the first and second transmitter units and the first, second, third, and fourth receiver units; and
first and second cantilevered masses connected with corresponding first and second opposing ends of the sonde section and collectively operable to maintain the sonde section substantially centralized within a non-vertical portion of the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,364,663

DOWNHOLE OPERATIONAL MODAL ANALYSIS

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method for selecting drilling parameters for drilling a borehole penetrating the earth with a drill string, the method comprising:forming a mathematical model of the drill string;
measuring vibration-related amplitudes of the drill string during operation using one or more vibration sensors to provide amplitude measurements;
determining with a downhole processor one or more modal properties of the drill string based on the mathematical model and the amplitude measurements, the one or more modal properties comprising one or more eigenfrequencies of the drill string, the determination being made by including any excitation force as white noise term of the mathematical model of the drill string;
selecting an operational frequency of an excitation device that provides the excitation force to the drill string at a frequency that avoids a selected range of frequencies that bound the one or more eigenfrequencies using the processor; and
drilling the borehole with a drilling rig using the selected frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,364,661

SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR SEPARATING LIQUID AND GAS FLOWING THROUGH A MULTIPHASE PIPELINE

1. A system for separating liquid and gas flowing through a multiphase pipeline, said system comprising:a riser for connection to a sub-sea pipeline with an above sea-surface process facility, said riser having an upper end and a lower end, said riser being at its lower end configured to receive fluid from said multiphase pipeline and being configured at its upper end to receive gas which is delivered thereto, said riser further comprising a valve for adjusting the flow at which the gas is delivered through the upper end of said riser;
a pipe to be arranged outside or inside the riser, said pipe having an upper part and a lower part with the lower part being connected to or inserted into the riser, thereby creating a liquid flow path between the riser and the pipe, said pipe having a liquid intake configured to receive liquid from a liquid column in said riser during production operations, and said upper end of said pipe being configured to deliver said liquid, said pipe further comprising for a valve adjusting the flow at which said liquid is delivered through the upper end of said pipe;
one or more gauges configured to measure the position of a surface of said liquid column in said riser;
a controller configured to control said valve for adjusting the flow at which the gas is delivered through the upper end of said riser means such that the position of the surface of said liquid column can be adjusted by adjusting the flow at which gas is delivered through the upper end of said riser; and
wherein the one or more gauges include a first pressure gauge configured to measure the pressure at said upper end of said pipe and a second pressure gauge configured to measure the pressure in the liquid flow path between the riser and said pipe at the upper end of said pipe, wherein during production operations the controller is configured to compare the pressures measured by the first pressure gauge and the second pressure gauge to thereby estimate the position of the surface of said liquid column in said riser.

US Pat. No. 10,364,659

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR RESTIMULATING A WELL COMPLETION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method of stimulating a subterranean formation via a wellbore tubular conduit, the method comprising;a) pressurizing the tubular conduit to a pressure of at least 30 megapascals with stimulant fluid;
wherein the wellbore tubular conduit extends within the subterranean formation and includes at least one selective stimulation port (SSP);
wherein each of the at least one SSP includes:
(i) an SSP body having a conduit-facing region and a formation-facing region;
(ii) an SSP conduit that is defined by the SSP body and extends between the conduit-facing region and the formation-facing region;
(iii) an isolation device extending within the SSP conduit and configured to selectively transition from a closed state, in which the isolation device restricts fluid flow through the SSP conduit, and an open state, in which the isolation device permits fluid flow through the SSP conduit;
(iv) a retention device coupling the isolation device to the SSP body to retain the isolation device in the closed state prior to receipt of a shockwave that has greater than a threshold shockwave intensity; and
(v) a sealing device seat defined by the conduit-facing region of the SSP body;
during the pressurizing, retaining the isolation device in the closed state;
b) generating a shockwave within a wellbore fluid that extends within the tubular conduit;
wherein the generating includes generating within a region of the tubular conduit that is proximal the SSP such that a magnitude of the shockwave, as received by the SSP, is greater than a threshold shockwave intensity, responsive to receipt of the shockwave that has greater than the threshold shockwave intensity, transitioning the isolation device from the closed state to the open state to permit fluid communication, via the SSP conduit, between the tubular conduit and the subterranean formation;
c) responsive to the transitioning, flowing the stimulant fluid via the SSP conduit into a first portion of the subterranean formation for at least a threshold stimulation time to stimulate the portion of the subterranean formation;
d) subsequent to flowing the stimulant fluid, flowing a sealing device into contact with the sealing device seat;
wherein the sealing device includes;
(i) a primary sealing portion configured to seat upon the sealing device seat, at least partially restricting fluid flow through the SSP conduit with the primary sealing portion of the sealing device and
(ii) at least one secondary sealing portion that extends from the primary sealing portion, at least partially restricting fluid flow through a leakage pathway between the primary sealing portion and the sealing device seat;
e) repeating steps a)-d) for another portion of the subterranean formation, using another SSP including another sealing device on another sealing device seat;
f) removing the sealing device and the another device from their respective sealing device seats;
g) producing hydrocarbons through the fluid conduit via the SSP and the another SSP;
h) thereafter sealing each of the SSP's with yet another sealing device;
i) perforating the tubular conduit intermediate the first portion of the subterranean formation and the another portion of the subterranean formation with a perforating gun to create an intermediate perforation in the tubular conduit; and
j) flowing another stimulant fluid into the subterranean formation through the created intermediate perforation to stimulate a portion of the subterranean formation adjacent the intermediate perforation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,657

COMPOSITE DRILL GUN

Halliburton Energy Servic...

9. A method, comprising:triggering a percussion detonator of a drill gun in a downhole environment to generate an explosion, the drill gun including:
a carrier having an interior fluidly open to the downhole environment, the carrier being made of a composite material;
a plurality of encapsulated charges within the interior of the carrier;
a detonation housing coupled to the carrier and including the percussion detonator, the percussion detonator being entirely fluidly isolated from the downhole environment by a seal; and
a detonation train coupling the percussion detonator to the plurality of encapsulated charges, wherein the detonation train includes a detonation cord passing into an interior of the detonation housing through the seal;
propagating successive additional explosions down the detonation train in response to generating the explosion at the percussion detonator; and
detonating the plurality of encapsulated charges in response to propagating the successive additional explosions.

US Pat. No. 10,364,656

ANNULAR FLOW RINGS FOR SAND CONTROL SCREEN ASSEMBLIES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

9. A method, comprising:drawing a fluid through a sand screen and into a flow annulus defined between the sand screen and an outer surface of a base pipe;
flowing the fluid axially along the outer surface of the base pipe within the flow annulus and beneath an annular flow ring positioned about the base pipe and operatively coupled to the sand screen, the annular flow ring including a cylindrical outer sleeve, a cylindrical inner sleeve received within and coupled to the outer sleeve, and a plurality of radial projections extending radially inward from the inner sleeve and into the flow annulus; and
radially supporting the annular flow ring against the outer surface of the base pipe with the plurality of radial projections;
wherein a plurality of outer sleeve radial projections are provided on an inner wall of the outer sleeve at or near an end of the outer sleeve, the method further comprising radially supporting the annular flow ring against the outer surface of the base pipe with the plurality of radial projections and the plurality of outer sleeve radial projections.

US Pat. No. 10,364,652

MISALIGNMENT IN COUPLING SHUNT TUBES OF WELL SCREEN ASSEMBLIES

Halluburton Energy Servic...

1. A well screen system, comprising:a first well screen assembly comprising a first base pipe, a first screen around the first base pipe and a first shunt tube arranged axially along the first base pipe;
a second well screen assembly comprising a second base pipe coupled to the first base pipe, a second screen around the second base pipe and a second shunt tube arranged axially along the second base pipe;
a jumper tube having a non-circular cross-section between and fluidically coupling the first and second shunt tubes; and
a tubular misalignment joint having a first end azimuthally or rotationally movable relative to a second end to compensate for misalignment of the first shunt tube and the jumper tube.

US Pat. No. 10,364,644

STAGE CEMENTING TOOL

Saudi Arabian Oil Company...

1. A system for use with operations in a wellbore comprising:a cementing sleeve having axial ends that selectively attach to tubulars;
a stationary block mounted to an outer surface of the cementing sleeve and that circumscribes a portion of an outer periphery of the cementing sleeve;
a space on the outer periphery of the cementing sleeve that is defined between circumferential ends of the stationary block; and
a sliding block on the outer surface of the cementing sleeve and that is selectively moveable into the space from a location spaced axially away from the space to substantially fill the space and form a seal along the outer periphery of the cementing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,639

APPARATUS FOR SEALING A BORE, A SYSTEM COMPRISING THE APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR USING APPARATUS

E Holstad Holding AS, So...

1. A sealing apparatus (1) for use in a well pipe (2), the sealing apparatus (1) comprises:a mandrel (44) arranged around a centre axis (22) through the apparatus (1);
a radially movable gripping device (4) arranged around the mandrel (44);
a radially movable packer element (6) arranged around the mandrel (44); and
an axially movable activation device (10) comprising an activator (24) rotatable around the centre axis (22), wherein the activator (24) is in threaded engagement with the mandrel (44) so that rotation of the activator (24) in a first direction provides axial movement of the mandrel (44) in a first direction, and also that a rotation of the activator (24) in a second direction opposite the first direction provides axial movement of the mandrel (44) in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
a radially movable centralizer (8) arranged around the mandrel (44) for centring the apparatus (1);
wherein the activation device (10) is operatively connected to the gripping device (4), the packer element (6) and the centralizer (8) for their respective activation and radial movement between retracted, passive positions and expanded, active positions relative to the centre axis (22) when the activator (24) is rotated in the first direction, and also for deactivation and radial movement of the gripping device (4), the packer element (6) and the centralizer (8) between the expanded, active positions and retracted, passive positions relative to the centre axis (22) when the activator (24) is rotated in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,638

ANNULAR BARRIER

Welltec Oilfield Solution...

5. An annular barrier to be expanded in an annulus between a well tubular structure and an inside wall of a borehole downhole, comprising:a tubular part for mounting as part of the well tubular structure,
an expandable sleeve of metallic material surrounding the tubular part and having an inner face facing the tubular part, each end of the expandable sleeve being connected with a connection part which is connected with the tubular part,
a space between the inner face of the sleeve and the tubular part configured to contain pressurized fluid or cement to expand the expandable sleeve under an expansion pressure, and
an element configured and arranged to be a first section of the sleeve having an increased thickness in relation to a second section of the sleeve when seen in cross-section along a longitudinal extension of the sleeve, causing the section having the increased thickness to be expanded less than another section during expansion of the sleeve, thereby increasing the collapse rating of the sleeve without materially affecting expansion properties of the sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,364,637

DOWNHOLE SUB WITH COLLAPSIBLE BAFFLE AND METHODS FOR USE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

12. An apparatus for treating a subterranean formation, comprising:a housing, wherein the housing is suitable for connection to a section of casing of a casing string;
a sleeve disposed within the housing and movable between a first position and a second position; and
a collapsible baffle disposed within the housing, wherein in the first position, the sleeve retains the collapsible baffle and in the second position, the collapsible baffle is permitted to collapse within the housing such that a fluid is permitted to flow through one or more perforations created downhole in the casing string and into a production zone and prevented from flowing within the casing string beyond the collapsible baffle due to a seal created by the collapsible baffle, wherein the collapsible baffle is actuated and the one or more perforations are created in a single run, and wherein the collapsible baffle comprises a split-ring that includes a split, wherein the collapsible baffle has a first diameter when in an uncollapsed position and a second diameter when in a collapsed position, and wherein the second diameter is smaller than the first diameter.

US Pat. No. 10,364,636

SWELLABLE CASING ANCHOR

TAM INTERNATIONAL, INC., ...

1. A method for anchoring a casing string within a wellbore, the method comprising:providing the casing string, the casing string being generally tubular, the casing string having a central axis and an exterior surface, the casing string being made up of a plurality of casing tubulars;
coupling a swellable elastomeric material on at least a portion of the exterior surface of the casing string; the swellable elastomeric material formed as individual swellable packer elements positioned on at least some of the casing tubulars coupled to the swellable elastomeric material, each swellable packer element coupled to the outer surface of a casing tubular, each casing tubular having a swellable packer element coupled thereto defining a swellable casing tubular, and each casing tubular not having a swellable packer element coupled thereto defining a bare casing tubular, wherein at least one swellable packer element includes a plurality of grooves formed in an outer surface of the swellable packer element, the plurality of grooves arranged longitudinally along the swellable packer element and parallel to the central axis;
positioning the casing string within a wellbore such that a density of swellable casing tubulars is higher at an end of the casing string than the density of swellable casing tubulars at the middle of the casing string or the density of swellable casing tubulars is higher at the middle of the casing string than the density of swellable casing tubulars at the end of the casing string;
exposing the swellable elastomeric material to a swelling fluid; and
sealing the swellable elastomeric material to the wellbore.

US Pat. No. 10,364,635

ADJUSTABLE ISOLATION SLEEVE

Cameron International Cor...

1. A system for coupling to well equipment, comprising:a connector to couple to the well equipment, the connector comprising an internal bore; and
an isolation sleeve positioned at least partially within the internal bore of the connector and comprising a seal, the isolation sleeve and the seal axially movable together with respect to the internal bore of the connector so as to be positionable to extend into and engage the well equipment;
a nut coupled to the connector to secure the isolation sleeve within the internal bore of the connector; and
an outer sleeve sub positioned at least partially within the internal bore of the connector with the isolation sleeve positioned at least partially within the outer sleeve sub, the isolation sleeve axially movable with respect to the outer sleeve sub;
wherein the isolation sleeve and the nut are engaged with each other such that rotation of the nut with respect to the isolation sleeve moves the isolation sleeve and the seal axially with respect to the internal bore of the connector; and
wherein the nut is coupled to the outer sleeve sub and capable of securing the isolation sleeve within the outer sleeve sub.

US Pat. No. 10,364,626

COMPOSITE FRACTURE PLUG AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Weatherford Technology Ho...

25. A method of plugging a wellbore tubular, comprising:deploying a plug to a point in the wellbore tubular with a deployment tool temporarily holding a setting element on the plug in a retracted condition on the plug;
releasing the plug and the setting element from the deployment tool in the wellbore tubular;
at least temporarily supporting the plug at the point in the wellbore tubular by the released setting element in an extended condition on the deployed plug engaging the wellbore tubular;
engaging a downhole-facing shoulder of the extended setting element in a downhole direction against an uphole-facing shoulder near the point in the wellbore tubular; and
compressing a packing element on the plug against the engaged setting element by moving the plug in the downhole direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,625

MECHANICALLY COUPLING A BEARING ASSEMBLY TO A ROTATING CONTROL DEVICE

Halliburton Energy Servic...

14. A method comprising:coupling a bearing assembly to an outer mandrel of a latching assembly, wherein the latching assembly comprises:
a running tool coupling assembly positioned on the outer mandrel; and
a rotating control device (RCD) coupling assembly positioned on a side of the outer mandrel;
coupling a running tool to the running tool coupling assembly;
positioning, using the running tool, the latching assembly within an RCD; and
actuating the RCD coupling assembly to couple the latching assembly to the RCD.

US Pat. No. 10,364,624

APPARATUS FOR SWITCHING OFF AND DEVIATING A CIRCULATING LIQUID FLOW WITHOUT WATER HAMMERING

Schlumberger Technology C...

5. A method for applying or removing one or more drilling rods in a drilling system, the method comprising:providing an apparatus having an apparatus body comprising:
an inlet channel that is split into two outlet channels in which respective flow valves are arranged, wherein the two outlet channels are coupled to respective pressure measuring chambers;
a discharging channel coupled to the two outlet channels through respective discharging valves; and
a balancing valve communicating two middle zones respectively formed in the outlet channels;
radially connecting a hydraulic clamping unit to a valve assembly;
opening and pressurizing a radial channel through the balancing valve of the apparatus;
closing the balancing valve of the apparatus and opening at least one flow valve of the apparatus;
switching off the flow in an axial direction and releasing the pressure;
disconnecting a drilling battery or assembly while inserting or withdrawing a drilling rod string;
reconnecting the drilling battery or assembly and pressurizing by the balancing valve of the apparatus;
closing the balancing valve of the apparatus and opening at least one flow valve of the apparatus in an axial direction;
closing and releasing pressure in the valve assembly radial direction; and
resuming a withdrawing or drilling operations.

US Pat. No. 10,364,623

EXTENDED SHALE SHAKER SCREEN HANDLE(S)

United Wire Limited, Abe...

1. A system, comprising:a fastening portion having a total length defined between a first end and an opposite second end, a total width defined between a front surface and an opposite rear surface, and a total height defined between a bottom surface and an opposite top surface, wherein the total length is greater than the total width and the total height, the total width is less than the total length and the total height, and a cross-sectional shape of the fastening portion is rectangular;
a handling portion coupled to the opposite top surface of the fastening portion and comprising a plurality of grips adapted for handling by an operator, wherein the handling portion extends away from the opposite top surface of the fastening portion at an obtuse angle from a vertical plane defined by the total width of the fastening portion; and
a screen coupled to the fastening portion such that the plurality of grips of the handle portion is positioned directly above a top or a top surface of the screen and vertically overlaps a portion of the top or the surface of the screen and extends along a majority portion, at least 50%, of the total length of the fastening portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,617

SLIP RING WITH A TENSIONED CONTACT ELEMENT

Halliburton Energy Servic...

10. A method for assembling a slip ring comprising a ring assembly and a contact assembly, the method comprising:(a) providing the ring assembly, wherein the ring assembly comprises an electrically conductive ring, wherein the conductive ring has a perimeter, and wherein the conductive ring comprises a conductive ring engagement surface extending around the perimeter of the conductive ring;
(b) providing the contact assembly, wherein the contact assembly comprises a contact block and a contact element, wherein the contact element comprises a first contact element end, a second contact element end, and an electrically conductive contact element engagement surface;
(c) extending the contact element around the conductive ring so that the contact element forms a loop around the conductive ring between the first contact element end and the second contact element end and so that the contact element engagement surface is engaged with the conductive ring engagement surface along an electrical contact section of the loop, wherein the loop has a loop length;
(d) connecting both the first contact element end and the second contact element end with the contact block;
(e) tensioning the contact element against the conductive ring engagement surface, wherein tensioning comprises at least one of adjusting a distance between the contact block and the conductive ring using a device comprising one or more adjustable screws carried by the contact block, and adjusting the loop length of the contact element using a device comprising a contact block clamp carried by the contact block; and
(f) urging the contact element against the conductive ring engagement surface with a biasing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,364,616

ANCHOR SPOOL

1. A wellhead structural system comprising:(a) a wellhead stack extending upward from a land or subsea surface and having a central passage;
(b) an anchor assembly including a spool body with a central bore, (i) the spool body being positioned along the wellhead stack such that the central bore forms part of the central passage of the wellhead stack, and (ii) the spool body having a height that is greater than a diameter of the central bore;
(c) a plurality of support beams attached to the anchor assembly and extending outwardly therefrom in a substantially radial direction from the wellhead stack central passage;
(d) each support beam having (i) an upper guide member extending upward to attach to a structure above the anchor assembly, and (ii) a flexible lower guide member extending downward to attach to a well structure below the anchor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,364,607

WHIPSTOCK ASSEMBLIES WITH A RETRACTABLE TENSION ARM

Halliburton Energy Servic...

7. A method, comprising:conveying a whipstock assembly into a wellbore, the whipstock assembly including a whipstock having a ramped surface, a mill releasably coupled to the whipstock with a shear bolt and providing a mill profile, and a tension arm pivotably coupled to the whipstock and having an engagement head engaged with the mill profile, wherein the engagement head provides an engagement profile defining one or more arm profile features and the mill profile defines one or more mill profile features; and
assuming at least a portion of a tensile load applied to the shear bolt with the tension arm as the whipstock assembly moves within the wellbore, wherein assuming at least a portion of the tensile load applied to the shear bolt with the tension arm comprises:
mating the one or more arm profile features with the one or more mill profile features and thereby preventing relative movement between the engagement profile and the mill profile.

US Pat. No. 10,364,598

HINGED DEVICE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A device, comprising:a first portion and a second portion; and,
a determinative hinge assembly that rotatably secures the first and second portions through a range of angles of rotation between a closed orientation and an open orientation, the first portion rotating around a first hinge axis and the second portion rotating around a second hinge axis in accordance with sub-sets of the range of angles, the determinative hinge assembly comprising:
a rotation-determining sub-assembly secured to the first portion and the second portion that controls whether the rotation occurs around the first hinge axis or the second hinge axis depending on a current sub-set of the range of angles, and
an angle-specific portion-spacing sub-assembly secured to the first portion and the second portion that forces the first and second portions apart from one another in accordance with particular angles of the rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,590

FENCE POST PULLER AND PULLER-DRIVER COMBINATION

1. A T-post puller for a T-post having a T-cross section including a stem and a pair of wings with a plurality of spaced apart studs along a head of the stem, said T-post puller comprising a body with a geometric channel configured such that the T-post puller may be slipped over an end of a T-post, said channel having first and second spaced apart stud engaging protrusions, said stud engaging protrusions configured such that when the body is rotated into stud engaging position one of said pair of wings is wedged against a shoulder of a first of the stud engaging protrusions while the second stud engaging protrusion is positioned below a stud, said T-post puller further having a retractable member engaging the stem of the T-post in stud engaging position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,588

SHELTER SYSTEM

Go Papa, LLLP, Littleton...

1. A shelter system, comprising:a collapsible shelter comprising:
a number of vertical support legs extending substantially perpendicular to a collapsible truss section interconnecting the number of vertical support legs;
a canopy securable to the collapsible truss section of the collapsible shelter, wherein the canopy includes:
an arcuate interface spanning from a first vertical support leg to an adjacent second vertical support leg; and
an attachment mechanism to releasably engage the canopy and arcuate interface with the first vertical support leg; and
a connection member to connect the canopy to a separate self-supporting tent structure by engaging with the arcuate interface, wherein the connection member includes a flysheet portion separate from the separate self-support tent structure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING WATER QUALITY IN LARGE WATER BODIES

CRYSTAL LAGOONS (CURACAO)...

1. A system for maintaining water quality in a large water body comprising water contained in a container having a bottom, the system comprising:a container that contains a water body;
a chemical application system for dosing a flocculant into the water, wherein the chemical application system applies a flocculant to the water in the water body to maintain turbidity of the water below 2 NTU;
a mobile suctioning device capable of moving along the bottom of the container and suctioning a portion of the water containing settled solids at the bottom of the container, wherein the mobile suctioning device is configured to be activated before an increase in color black component of the bottom of the container exceeds 30% on a CMYK scale and wherein the mobile suctioning device comprises suction points distributed along a bottom of the suctioning device constructed to concentrate suctioning power at the suction points and not resuspend more than 30% of the settled solids in an area of the bottom of the container where the mobile suctioning device moves along;
a control system configured and arranged to activate the operation of the suctioning device based on a determination of the color of the bottom of the container;
a filtration system comprising a filtration unit in fluid communication with the mobile suctioning device, wherein the filtration unit receives the portion of water suctioned by the mobile suction device;
a degreasing system, separate from the filtration system, comprising:
(a) a separation unit, including a degreaser and a screen or coarse filter, and
(b) skimmers in fluid communication with the body of water and the separation unit, the skimmers arranged and configured to provide a surface water flow from the water body to the separation unit, andwherein the degreaser is an overflow apparatus for separating oils and greases from the water, the screen or course filter is arranged and configured for retaining large debris, and the degreasing system is capable of maintaining a top-most 1 cm surface water layer as having less than about 20 mg/L greases; andone or more return lines for returning filtered water from the filtration unit and the degreasing system to the water body,
wherein the system is a closed system capable of maintaining water quality suitable for recreational uses.

US Pat. No. 10,364,582

DEVICE FOR REPAIRING CRACK IN WALL

SAKAEGUMI CORPORATION, T...

1. A device for repairing a crack in a wall comprising:an injection nozzle that has a nozzle part, with a front end adapted to be positioned on a crack in a wall and adapted to inject filler into the crack, and an inflow pipe that is connected to the nozzle part and sends filler to the nozzle part,
an adsorption disk that is fixed to a supporting shaft in which a suction passage for sucking air is formed to be adsorbed to a wall surface by sucking air through the suction passage, and to be detached from the wall surface by releasing the suction,
an arm that has a front end part and a rear end part in the axial direction, and is supported by the supporting shaft through a first universal joint and supports an inflow pipe of the injection nozzle in the front end part through a second universal joint, and
a plurality of contact members that are attached to the rear end part of the arm, front ends of the plurality of contact members being adapted to contact the wall surface, and receiving a moment load generated in the arm when injecting the filler into the crack by means of the injection nozzle,
wherein the plurality of contact members are arranged in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction of the arm,
wherein the first universal joint comprises a spherical rotating member having a through hole through which the supporting shaft is inserted and a ring-like retention ring that rotatably retains the spherical rotating member,
a male screw is formed on an outer periphery of the supporting shaft,
a pressing coil spring is provided on the supporting shaft so that the pressing coil spring is loosely fitted to the supporting shaft in a compressed state between an upper surface of the adsorption disk and a lower surface of the arm, and
a regulation nut part that is screwed with the male screw on the supporting shaft on an upper surface side of the arm and regulates an upward movement of the arm is provided.

US Pat. No. 10,364,579

VENTED AND WATER CONTROL CLADDING SYSTEM

Norwood Architecture, Inc...

1. A vented and water control system, consisting of:an exterior cladding panel configured to be mounted at a wall of a structure, the exterior cladding panel consisting of glass fiber reinforced plastic having a front surface, a back surface, and an omnidirectional relief pattern integral with the back surface and defined by a plurality of elements that form an omnidirectional ventilation and drainage plane between the wall and the back surface when the exterior cladding panel is mounted at the wall; and,
a non-structural finish layer located on the exterior cladding panel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,569

GUIDE DEVICE FOR RETAINING TIES IN MASONRY WALLS

1. An apparatus for reinforcement of masonry walls, the apparatus comprising:a tie member having an anchor end and a tension end, the tie member disposed in a vertical passageway in a wall of a structure, the vertical passageway comprising the vertical alignment of voids in a plurality of concrete masonry units; and
a bracing member disposed in one of the voids in the plurality of concrete masonry units that form the vertical passageway such that the bracing member retains the tie member in close proximity to the centerline of the vertical passageway, the bracing member disposed at an intermediate location between the anchor end and the tension end, the intermediate location being distal from the anchor end and distal from the tension end, the bracing member comprising a downwardly depending funnel connected to a reservoir such that the funnel is disposed below the reservoir, the funnel configured for receiving the tie member, and the reservoir comprising walls disposed in a rectangular orientation, the reservoir configured for receiving and retaining wet cured-in-place bracing material for curing within the reservoir, the bracing material selected from the group consisting of mortar, grout, self-consolidating grout, cured-in-place foam, epoxy, cement, and concrete;
wherein the tie member is laterally supported by the bracing member, and the tie member is laterally unsupported between the bracing member and the anchor end and between the bracing member and the tension end.

US Pat. No. 10,364,563

RUNOFF WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. A drywell apparatus for collecting and diverting runoff surface water or waste water, and controlling the flow and direction of subsurface water, comprising:a top having a large diameter, central, top port, opening into a drywell apparatus interior, said top port adapted to receive surface water;
an open bottom;
a cylindrical sidewall interconnecting the drywell top and bottom, said drywell top, bottom and sidewall defining the drywell apparatus interior, said sidewall having an exterior surface and an interior surface, said sidewall having a plurality of rectangular drain-type ports distributed about the sidewall;
a plurality of interior diverters attached to the sidewall interior, within the drywell interior, each interior diverter positioned about one of the plurality of drain-type ports, each interior diverter having a front, rear, open top, bottom, and two opposite, identical sides, said interior diverter front, rear, top, bottom and sides defining a hollow interior diverter interior, wherein the interior diverter rear is divided into two sections, a top section and a lower section, wherein said interior diverter rear top section is flat and extends vertically downward to a horizontal line, wherein the interior diverter rear lower section extends downward from the horizontal line and forward to a beginning of the interior diverter bottom, wherein a plurality of downwardly extending flanges are formed at a junction of the interior diverter rear lower section and the interior diverter bottom, wherein the interior diverter front has a plurality of holding tabs adjacent the interior diverter top and extending from the interior diverter sides toward each other, wherein the remainder of the interior diverter front is open;
wherein the interior diverter front engages one of the plurality of drain-type ports and the interior diverter bottom is seated on a drain-type port horizontal bottom, wherein the interior diverter downwardly extending flanges engage the side wall interior beneath one of the plurality of drain-type ports, wherein the interior diverter holding tabs are attached to the side wall interior above a one of the plurality of drain-type ports;
wherein water from the drywell apparatus interior enters the interior diverter top through the diverter interior, out through the diverter front, through one of the plurality of drywell drain-type ports, laterally dispersing into the surrounding soil, beginning at the top of a drywell, said interior diverter rear and sides preventing backfill soil from intruding into a drywell interior.

US Pat. No. 10,364,558

BOTTLE TRAP

1. A bottle trap for washbasin sink, the bottle trap comprising:a main body having an open end and a tapered closed end, the open end adapted to be coupled to a tailpiece pipe from a sink and the tapered closed end has at least one face inclined at a first angle with respect to a longitudinal axis of the main body;
a cylindrical trap element received through the open end and extending axially into the main body up to at least half the length of the main body, the cylindrical trap element dividing the main body into an inner cylindrical portion and an outer cylindrical portion, the inner cylindrical portion and the outer cylindrical portion being fluidically coupled;
an outlet orifice provided on peripheral surface of the main body perpendicularly thereto, the outlet orifice is fluidically coupled to the outer cylindrical portion and is adapted to be coupled to a horizontal drain pipe;
a thread-less coupling provided at the open end and the outlet orifice, for connecting the tailpiece pipe and the drain pipe, respectively, thereto for ensuring a leakproof coupling, said thread-less coupling being based on a connecting seal having a cylindrical body with a circumferential groove on its outer cylindrical surface, and a complementary inward projecting first annular projection on the open end and the outlet orifice, the first annular projection being adapted to engage with the circumferential groove on the respective connecting seal; and
at least one sealable drain orifice provided at the at least one inclined face of the tapered closed end, the drain orifice being fluidically connected to the outer cylindrical portion for enabling draining out of blockage particles therein by opening the drain orifice,wherein the main body is a monolithic block and joint free, andwherein the at least one sealable drain orifice is adapted to be sealed by a removable closure, andwherein during operation liquid from the tailpiece pipe enters into the inner cylinder portion towards the outer cylinder portion for being directed out of the outlet orifice into the drain pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,364,557

FAUCETS PROVIDING MIXED WATER AND AIR FLOW

GLOBE UNION INDUSTRIAL CO...

1. A faucet comprising:a faucet base having a first and second end, the faucet base being adapted to be mounted to support the faucet near the first end and to regulate a water flow through the faucet;
a water hose coupled with the faucet base by extending through the first end and second end of the faucet base, the water hose being adapted to be flexible and movable through an opening in the first end and through an opening in the second end;
a faucet head movably coupled to the second end of the faucet base, the faucet head being adapted to be dismountable from the second end of the faucet base while remaining coupled to the water hose to direct a mixture of water-and-air flow to a location away from the faucet base and to be relocated back to the second end the faucet base to discharge the mixture of water-and-air flow while being coupled to the faucet base;
a chamber within the faucet head having a first end and a second end, the first end of the chamber being coupled with the water hose and being coupled, in a dismountable manner, to the second end of the faucet base, the second end of the chamber providing an outlet to discharge the mixture of water-and-air flow;
a water valve within the chamber and located between the first end and the second end of the chamber, the water valve comprising:
at least one air inlet and a water inlet to enable mixing air from the at least one air inlet with water from the water inlet, the water inlet being coupled with the water hose, the at least one air inlet being coupled with the chamber, and
a control valve movable within the water valve between a first position and a second position, the first position enabling mixing air from the at least one air inlet with water from the water inlet to provide the mixture of water-and-air flow, and the second position enabling shut-off of the mixture of water-and-air flow, a direction of the control valve's movement between the first position and the second position being substantially parallel to a direction of the water flow from the first end of the chamber to the second end of the chamber, the control valve using a water pressure supplied by the water hose to facilitate an operation of the control valve; and
a control member movably coupled with the faucet head, the control member being adapted to enable an operation of the control valve within the water valve by pressing the control member from a side of the faucet head to move the control valve between the first position and the second position, wherein
the chamber includes a cavity between the first end and the second end of the chamber for receiving the water valve, and the water valve is a pre-assembled assembly with the control valve inside the water valve and with a driving member protruding through one end of the water valve and coupled with the control valve to cause the control valve to move between the first and the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,554

WEAR ASSEMBLY

ESCO GROUP LLC, Portland...

1. A wear member for attachment to earth working equipment to protect the equipment from wear during use, the wear member comprising a wear surface to contact the ground during operation of the earth working equipment, a mounting structure to effect mounting of the wear member on the earth working equipment, a hole defined by a wall extending through the wear member and opening in both the wear surface and the mounting structure to receive a lock to hold the wear member to the earth working equipment, the wall defining the hole including a retaining structure between the wear surface and the mounting structure, and the retaining structure having an upper shoulder and a lower shoulder for contacting corresponding bearing surfaces on the lock to positively hold the lock in the hole against inward and outward forces on the lock wherein the wall defining the hole defines a passage adjacent the retaining structure and extending along the length of the hole from the mounting structure toward the wear surface to permit a lock component of a unified construction to be installed in the hole and contact the upper shoulder and the lower shoulder.

US Pat. No. 10,364,543

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PORTABLE STAKE MOUNTING

1. A stake assembly for providing an earth anchor, comprising:a concave portion arranged facing the earth, wherein the concave portion has a top wall and a depending sidewall below the top wall, the sidewall enclosing a perimeter and having an open bottom end;
a stake portion engaged to the concave portion comprising a shaft having a diameter, the shaft intended to be driven into the earth, wherein the stake portion has a stop carried on an upper part of the shaft, and the top wall has a hole, wherein the hole is sized having a hole diameter greater than the diameter to allow the shaft to pass through the hole from above but not sized to allow the stop to pass through the hole; and
the concave portion is arranged to capture earth therein when the concave portion is driven into the earth, the hole allowing the concave portion to be driven into the earth first and the stake portion be subsequently driven through the hole and into the earth;
wherein the concave portion includes a socket open into the hole and the stake portion includes a plug, wherein the plug fits into the socket when the stake is fully inserted into the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,540

SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER, PAVEMENT SLAB ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATING A SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER

Bombardier Primove GmbH, ...

1. A system for inductive power transfer to vehicles driving or standing on a surface of a route, comprising:a primary winding structure for generating an alternating electromagnetic field, wherein a field volume is assigned to the primary winding structure; and
at least a part of a first heating system, wherein elements of the first heating system which are arranged within the field volume are non-metallic elements,
wherein the system comprises at least a part of at least one other heating system, wherein all elements of the at least one other heating system are arranged outside the field volume.

US Pat. No. 10,364,539

PET EXCREMENT COLLECTION APPARATUS

1. A pet excrement collection apparatus comprising:a handle having a cavity, a trigger aperture extending through said handle to the cavity, and an extension aperture extending through said handle to the cavity;
a hollow extension pole coupled to the handle, the extension pole having an open proximal end, an open distal end, a dorsal side, and a ventral side, the distal end being forked and having a left tine and a right tine, the distal end having a jaw rod aperture between the left tine and the right tine;
a trigger coupled to the handle, the trigger having an exposed portion and an internal portion, the internal portion being pivotably coupled within the cavity of the handle and the exposed portion extending through the trigger aperture, the trigger having a rest position and an alternate squeezed position;
a jaw rod coupled to the trigger, the jaw rod having a trigger end coupled to the trigger and the trigger spring, the jaw rod extending through the hollow extension pole and out the jaw rod aperture of the distal end, the jaw rod having a toothed end extending beyond the jaw rod aperture and between the right tine and the left tine, the toothed end having a plurality of jaw rod teeth, the jaw rod having a retracted position when the trigger is in the rest position and an alternate extended position when the trigger is in the squeezed position;
a pair of arms coupled to the distal end of the extension pole, the pair of arms comprising a right arm pivotably coupled to the right tine and a left arm pivotably coupled to the left tine, each of the right arm and the left arm having a pivot end and a bag end, each of the pivot ends having a toothed rotator wheel, each of the toothed rotator wheels having a plurality of rotator teeth engaged with the plurality of jaw rod teeth of the jaw rod, translational movement of the jaw rod from the retracted position to the extended position thus rotating the pair of arms from a closed position to an alternate open position;
a bag frame having a rear side, a front side, a pair of bag cable apertures, and a pair of bag rod apertures, each of the pair of bag cable apertures and each of the pair of bag rod apertures extending from the front side through to the rear side;
a pair of bag rods coupled to the bag frame, each of the pair of bag rods having a toothed portion and a smooth portion, the pair of bag rods being coupled within the pair of bag rod apertures having the toothed portion extending from the rear side of the bag frame and the smooth portion extending from the front side of bag frame, the toothed portion having a plurality of bag rod teeth and a release end, the smooth portion having a terminal end;
a waste bag coupled to the bag frame, the waste bag having a frame side, a pair of lateral sides, and a terminal side, the frame side being continuously coupled to the bag frame and the terminal side having a pair of terminal apertures, the pair of terminal apertures being slidingly coupled to the pair of bag rods;
a pair of bag rod receptacle mechanisms coupled to each of the pair of arms, the pair of bag rod receptacle mechanisms selectively receiving the pair of bag rods, each of the pair of bag receptacle mechanisms having a spring-loaded gear wheel and a release mechanism, the gear wheel engaging the plurality of bag rod teeth, the pair of bag rods winding a recoil spring of each of the gear wheels as it is inserted, the release mechanism engaging the release end of the pair of bag rods and alternatively releasing the pair of bag rods when activated, the gear wheels ejecting the pair of bag rods as the recoil spring unwinds;
an ejection lever cable coupled to each of the pair of bag rod receptacle mechanisms, the ejection lever having a split end and a lever end, the split end being coupled to the release mechanism of each of the pair of bag receptacle mechanisms; and
a bag eject lever coupled within the hollow extension pole, the bag eject lever having a cable end coupled to the lever end of the ejection lever cable and a button end extending through a lever channel of the hollow extension pole, the bag eject lever having a lock position and an alternate release position, the release position pulling on the ejection lever cable to activate the release mechanism of each of the pair of bag receptacle mechanisms, the bag eject lever having a lever spring coupled to the hollow extension pole, the lever spring automatically returning the bag eject lever from the release position to the lock position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,538

APPARATUS FOR ABSORBING ENERGY RESULTING FROM VEHICLE IMPACT

Lindsay Transportation So...

1. Apparatus positioned at a guardrail lead end portion for absorbing energy resulting from vehicle impact, said guardrail having an elongated top edge, an elongated bottom edge spaced a predetermined substantially uniform vertical distance from said top edge and opposed side surfaces extending between said elongated top edge and said elongated bottom edge, said apparatus comprising:an impact terminal;
a support structure supporting said impact terminal at or adjacent to the guardrail lead end portion, said support structure extending from said impact terminal;
a guardrail engagement structure supported by said support structure, said guardrail engagement structure defining an interior, a guardrail receiving opening communicating with said interior receiving the guardrail lead end portion, and a guardrail discharge opening communicating with said interior, said support structure and said guardrail engagement structure operable upon vehicle impact on said impact terminal to move along said guardrail and cause said guardrail to pass through said guardrail engagement structure and exit said guardrail discharge opening, the guardrail engagement structure comprising a chute having inner chute surfaces defining said interior, said inner chute surfaces having a generally rectangular configuration along substantially the full length thereof whereby said interior has a generally rectangular cross sectional configuration along substantially the full length thereof, said chute twisted between said guardrail receiving opening and said guardrail discharge opening, said guardrail being in frictional engagement with said inner chute surfaces, and said chute applying torquing forces on said guardrail during passage of said guardrail through said guardrail engagement structure to cause twisting of said guardrail from a first guardrail orientation whereby said guardrail exits said guardrail discharge opening in a second guardrail orientation with said elongated top edge and said elongated bottom edge displaced sideways relative to one another and vehicle collision impact energy is absorbed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,528

ROPE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A rope including a yarn twisted by using a raw thread of a polyethylene fiber having an ultrahigh molecular weight and a strand twisted by the yarn and subjected to rope-making through the strand,wherein an oil content is removed from the yarn and an affinity enhancing treatment is performed over a surface of the yarn,
a resin coating layer for protecting the rope is formed on an external surface of the yarn, an external surface of the strand or an external surface of the rope,
the resin coating layer is configured to bind the raw thread in an inner part of the yarn, and
the affinity enhancing treatment includes a UV treatment method or an atmospheric plasma method to cause an oxidation reaction over an exposed surface of the polyethylene fiber of the yarn and thereby to cause introduction of an oxygen containing functional group, O, OH, or a combination thereof, to CH that is included in a chemical formula of the polyethylene fiber of the yarn.

US Pat. No. 10,364,524

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH HELICAL CLUTCH

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance comprising:a rotatable basket with a spin tube;
a rotatable clothes mover located within the rotatable basket;
a motor having a drive shaft extending through the spin tube and operably coupled to the clothes mover;
a drive system selectively rotatably coupling the spin tube and the drive shaft and comprising:
a first threaded ring located about the spin tube;
a second threaded ring threaded about the first threaded ring wherein at least one of the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring is axially moveable relative to the other; and
a gear assembly rotationally coupled to the drive shaft;
wherein rotation of the drive shaft is configured to axially move the at least one of the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring and
when either the first threaded ring or the second threaded ring abuts a stop, continued rotation in a same direction results in the spin tube and drive shaft being locked together for coupled rotary motion of the clothes mover and the basket.

US Pat. No. 10,364,516

3D WOVEN FIBER STRUCTURE, A FIBER PREFORM OBTAINED FROM SUCH A FIBER STRUCTURE, AND A COMPOSITE MATERIAL PART INCLUDING SUCH A PREFORM

Safran Aircraft Engines, ...

1. A fiber structure woven by three-dimensional weaving with a plurality of layers of warp yarns interlinked by weft yarns of a plurality of layers of weft yarns, the fiber structure comprising:a first portion and a second portion situated to be extending along and adjacent each other in a weft direction when not folded relative to each other, and the first portion and the second portion being foldable relative to each other to form an angle at a fold zone,
wherein, in the fold zone and in each weft plane of the fiber structure, two weft yarns situated in a region adjacent to an outside face of the fiber structure situated on an inside of the angle have paths that cross so that arrangements of said two weft yarns in the first and second portions are interchanged, and
wherein in each of the first portion and the second portion, all of the warp yarns are interlinked by three-dimensional weaving by the weft yarns so as to be free of a non-interlinked zone.

US Pat. No. 10,364,511

MAGNETO DIELECTRIC COMPOSITE MATERIALS AND MICROWAVE APPLICATIONS THEREOF

UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC, C...

1. A substrate for receiving microwave signals comprising:a base layer having tunable elements; and
a nanofiber layer comprising magnetic nanofibers;
wherein said nanofibers have an aspect ratio of length to diameter of each nanofiber is at least 50 to 1; and wherein said nanofiber layer is embedded in the base layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,502

COMPOSITE HARDWARE FOR AN ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL

ITM POWER (RESEARCH) LIMI...

1. A composite cell plate comprising a polymer element laterally mated and interlocked, at a plurality of engagement points, with a tightly fitting resilient metal element,wherein the cell plate is circular,
wherein the polymer element is a hollow ring-shape, and
wherein the polymer element comprises a plurality of protrusions, which engage and interlock with corresponding apertures in the resilient metal element, at the engagement points.

US Pat. No. 10,364,499

ROLL

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A roll to transfer a substrate, comprising:a) two ends without a central portion so that only the two ends are in contact with the substrate;
b) a protruding portion provided at each of the two ends of the roll at a surface that contacts the substrate, the protruding portion configured to fix the substrate during the transferring process, the protruding portion having a comb shape comprising lines that form an angle larger than 0° and less than 90° with respect to a transferring direction of the substrate to transfer the substrate while applying a tensile force to the substrate during the transferring process of the substrate; and
c) one or more spraying orifices configured to spray a precursor onto the substrate during a transferring process of the substrate, the spraying orifices located at an inner planar side surface of each of the two ends.

US Pat. No. 10,364,498

GAS SUPPLY PIPE, AND GAS TREATMENT EQUIPMENT

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

4. Gas treatment equipment comprising:a treatment chamber containing a treatment target;
a gas supply pipe configured to supply a gas into the treatment chamber; and
a gas supply source connected to an inflow opening of the gas supply pipe, the gas supply pipe comprising
a first gas pipe having the inflow opening into which the gas flows and having first gas blow holes arranged apart from one another along a longitudinal direction, and
a second gas pipe provided coaxially with the first gas pipe, the second gas pipe having second gas blow holes arranged apart from one another along the longitudinal direction, and allowing the gas to flow in a direction opposite to the first gas pipe, wherein
each of the first gas blow holes corresponds to two or more of the second gas blow holes, forming a set of blow holes;
in each set of blow holes, the first gas blow hole is sandwiched by the two or more second gas blow holes;
two or more sets of blow holes are arranged apart from one another in the first gas pipe and the second gas pipe; and
the first gas blow holes and the second gas blow holes allow the gas to blow therefrom toward a center of the treatment target.

US Pat. No. 10,364,497

VAPOR BASED SITE-ISOLATED PROCESSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

INTERMOLECULAR, INC., Sa...

1. A method for processing a substrate, the method comprising:providing a substrate;
positioning a showerhead above the substrate, wherein the showerhead comprises a plurality of injection ports, at least one isolation channel, and at least one exhaust port on a bottom surface thereof, wherein the at least one isolation channel separates the plurality of injection ports into two or more sections, wherein at least one of the two or more sections is a planar surface including a plurality of injection ports disposed in an array along a first axis and a second axis of the planar surface, the at least one exhaust port is positioned within the at least one isolation channel, and the plurality of injection ports are not in fluid communication with the at least one exhaust port within the showerhead;
causing at least one processing fluid to be delivered from the plurality of injection ports onto the substrate;
causing at least some of the at least one processing fluid to be removed from the substrate through the at least one exhaust port;
wherein the at least one isolation channel comprises an isolation wall extending from the bottom surface of the showerhead, and wherein a distance between a lower end of the isolation wall and the substrate is less than a distance between the plurality of injection ports and the substrate; and
wherein the showerhead further comprises at least one processing fluid channel formed therein, each of the at least one processing fluid channels being in fluid communication with the injection ports of a respective one of the two or more sections of injection ports, and wherein the causing of the at least one processing fluid to be delivered from the plurality of injection ports onto the substrate comprising delivering the at least one processing fluid to the at least one processing fluid channel.

US Pat. No. 10,364,495

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A THIN FILM

ADEKA CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method for producing a thin film, the method comprising:introducing, into a deposition chamber in which a substrate is placed, a vapor that has been obtained by vaporizing a material for thin film formation comprising an aluminum compound represented by general formula (I):

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a branched alkyl group having 3 to 5 carbon atoms, and R3 represents a methyl group or an ethyl group; and
forming an aluminum-containing thin film on a surface of the substrate by decomposing and/or chemical reacting the aluminum compound.

US Pat. No. 10,364,491

PROCESS TO CHEMICALLY MODIFY POLYMERIC MATERIALS BY STATIC, LOW-PRESSURE INFILTRATION OF REACTIVE GASEOUS MOLECULES

Georgia Tech Research Cor...

1. A method comprising:loading a substrate into a vacuum chamber of a chemical vapor infiltration reaction apparatus, the vacuum chamber having a first end and a second end with a high vacuum pump located proximate said second end;
pumping the vacuum chamber to a pressure of from 8 mTorr to 12 mTorr with said vacuum pump;
dosing the substrate with a metalorganic precursor by allowing the metalorganic precursor to flow inside the chamber;
dosing the substrate material with a co-reactant to trap the metalorganic precursor within the substrate material;
creating a static precursor atmosphere inside the chamber;
allowing the substrate to rest in the static precursor atmosphere from 30 seconds to 1 day to form a chemically modified substrate; and
extracting the chemically modified substrate from the vacuum chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,364,490

CHROMIZING OVER CATHODIC ARC COATING

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A chromium-rich cathodic arc coating comprising:a MCrAlY cathodic arc coating on a substrate, wherein M is a metal alloy comprising nickel, cobalt, iron, or a combination thereof and the cathodic arc coating comprises 25 to 50% chromium by weight based on the weight of the MCrAlY; and
a diffused chromide coating atop the MCrAlY cathodic arc coating, wherein the diffused chromide coating has a higher content of chromium than the MCrAlY cathodic arc coating, the combined thickness of the diffused chromide coating and the MCrAlY cathodic arc coating is 2.5 to 3 mil (0.0635 to 0.0762 mm), and the chromium-rich cathodic arc coating has a chromium rich phase with a depth of 0.1 to 2.5 mils (0.00254 to 0.0635).

US Pat. No. 10,364,489

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DEPOSITION OF MATERIALS ON INTERIOR SURFACES OF HOLLOW COMPONENTS

The Regents of the Univer...

15. A method comprising:(a) positioning an optical fiber and a target of a material to be deposited on a first region of an interior surface of a hollow component in the hollow component, a first end of the optical fiber coupled to a laser system, and a second end of the optical fiber proximate the target;
(b) depositing the material on the first region of the interior surface of the hollow component by directing a first laser pulse from the laser system through the optical fiber to impinge on the target;
(c) measuring a resistance between the hollow component and the target;
(d) repeating operation (b); and
(e) changing a position of the optical fiber, the target, or both the optical fiber and the target to decrease the resistance between the hollow component and the target when operation (b) is repeated.

US Pat. No. 10,364,488

LINEAR EVAPORATION SOURCE AND DEPOSITION APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A linear evaporation source comprising:a crucible having a length in a length direction and a width in a width direction, the crucible comprising an internal space between at least two length sides, being open on one side thereof, and configured to store a deposition material;
a plurality of partitions dividing the internal space of the crucible into a plurality of internal spaces, wherein each of the partitions extends between the two length sides and has at least one opening substantially centered between the two length sides in a lower portion thereof and at least one stepped recess formed substantially above and separated from the at least one opening by a portion of the partition;
a nozzle section located on the open side of the crucible and comprising a plurality of nozzles;
a heater configured to heat the crucible; and
a housing configured to accommodate the crucible, the nozzle section, and the heater;
wherein the at least one stepped recess of each partition is facing the nozzle section located on the open side of the crucible, each partition includes a bottom surface, and the opening of each partition is separated from the bottom surface of each partition, wherein for each partition, a width of the at least one stepped recess in the width direction is greater than a width of the at least one opening in the width direction, and wherein an evaporated deposition material is sprayed through each nozzle of the plurality of nozzles, and each nozzle corresponds to each of the plurality of internal spaces divided by the plurality of partitions.

US Pat. No. 10,364,486

CARBON-BASED NANOTUBE/METAL COMPOSITE AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

The Penn State Research F...

1. A nanocomposite comprising metal and carbon-based nanotube (CNT), wherein the carbon-based nanotube comprises a doping element selected from the group consisting of boron (B), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), tin (Sn), antimony (Sb), Nitrogen (N) and the combination thereof, and wherein the nanocomposite comprises about 0.00001 wt % to about 40 wt % carbon-based nanotube.

US Pat. No. 10,364,482

COPPER-ZINC ALLOY, BAND MATERIAL COMPOSED THEREOF, PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A SEMIFINISHED PART COMPOSED OF A COPPER-ZINC ALLOY AND SLIDING ELEMENT COMPOSED OF A COPPER-ZINC ALLOY

WIELAND-WERKE AG, Ulm (D...

1. A copper-zinc alloy consisting of, in % by weight:from 67.5 to 68.3% of Cu,
from 0.43 to 0.46% of Si,
from 1.32 to 1.35% of Mn,
from 0.035 to 0.043% of P,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.5% of Al,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.15% of Ni,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.1% of Fe,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.1% of Pb,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.08% of Sn,
optionally up to a maximum of 0.1% of S,
balance Zn and unavoidable impurities,
characterized in that the alloy has a microstructure which consists of an ?-phase matrix in which inclusions of manganese silicides having a globular shape are present in a proportion of at least 2% by volume and not more than 5% by volume.

US Pat. No. 10,364,477

PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING CONTINUOUS BULK FORMS OF IRON-SILICON ALLOYS AND BULK FORMS PRODUCED THEREBY

Purdue Research Foundatio...

1. A process comprising:deforming a solid body formed of an Fe—Si alloy with a cutting tool in a single step to continuously produce a continuous bulk form from material obtained from the solid body, the continuous bulk form having a longitudinal direction, a continuous cross-sectional form, and a microstructure characterized by a crystallographic texture having <111> and {110} fibers that are inclined relative to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,471

TUMOR SUPPRESSOR REC8 AS A BIOMARKER FOR GASTRIC CANCER

The Chinese University of...

1. A method for detecting the methylation status of REC8 gene, comprising the steps of:(1) treating genomic DNA obtained from a biological sample taken from a subject with a bisulfate;
(2) performing an amplification reaction to amplify the treated genomic DNA from step (1) using a primer comprising the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:11 or 12;
(3) analyzing the product of the amplification reaction from step (2) to determine the methylation status of REC8 gene.

US Pat. No. 10,364,463

COMPOSITIONS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DETECTING EVENTS USING TETHERS ANCHORED TO OR ADJACENT TO NANOPORES

Illumina, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A composition, comprising:a nanopore including a first side, a second side, and an aperture extending through the first and second sides; and
a permanent tether including a head region, a tail region, and an elongated body disposed therebetween,
wherein the head region is anchored to a polymerase disposed adjacent to the first side of the nanopore, the tail region extends freely toward the second side of the nanopore, and the elongated body comprises a reporter region movable within the aperture and responsive to a first event occurring adjacent to the first side of the nanopore, wherein the first event includes the polymerase acting upon a first nucleotide, wherein the first nucleotide includes an elongated tag including a moiety that interacts with the tether, wherein the interaction of the moiety with the tether translationally moves the reporter region.

US Pat. No. 10,364,460

REACTION CONTAINER, NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSIS DEVICE, AND NUCLEIC ACID ANALYSIS METHOD

TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD....

1. A reaction container, comprising:a base material;
an injection port arranged on the base material;
an analysis well in which a nucleic acid analysis reagent used for a nucleic acid analysis is contained, the analysis well being arranged on the base material and configured to analyze a sample containing a nucleic acid; and
a quantification well in which a quantification reagent configured to specifically detect the nucleic acid is contained, the quantification well being arranged on the base material and configured to quantify an amount of the nucleic acid contained in the sample before an amplification of the nucleic acid,
a flow path arranged on the base material configured to distribute the nucleic acid contained in the sample into the quantification well and the analysis well,
wherein the nucleic acid contained in the sample is directly distributed into the quantification well and the analysis well respectively by the flow path, and
wherein the quantification well is positioned to be closer to the injection port than the analysis well.

US Pat. No. 10,364,448

METHOD FOR PRODUCING L-?-AMINO ACID COMPOUND

Sumitomo Chemical Company...

1. A method for producing a sulfur containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3):
wherein the method comprises:
(I) a step of reacting a protein with a sulfur-containing ?-hydroxycarboxylic acid compound of formula (1) to obtain the corresponding sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2):

wherein the protein is selected from the group consisting of:
(A1) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5,
(A2) a protein having an amino acid sequence having at least 95% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5, wherein the protein has the ability to oxidize and convert the sulfur-containing ?-hydroxycarboxylic acid compound of formula (1) into the corresponding sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2), and
(A3) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 5 in which 1 to 10 amino acids are deleted, substituted, or added, wherein the protein has the ability to oxidize and convert the sulfur-containing ?-hydroxycarboxylic acid compound of formula (1) into the corresponding sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2); and
(II) a step of reacting the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) obtained in the step (I) with a protein having the ability to aminate and convert the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) into the corresponding sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3) to thereby obtain the sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3), wherein the protein is selected from the group consisting of:
(B1) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7,
(B2) a protein having an amino acid sequence having at least 90% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7, wherein the protein has the ability to aminate and convert the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) into the corresponding sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3), and
(B3) a protein having the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 7 in which 1 to 36 amino acids are deleted, substituted, or added, wherein the protein has the ability to aminate and convert the sulfur-containing ?-oxocarboxylic acid compound of formula (2) into the corresponding sulfur-containing L-?-amino acid compound of formula (3),
wherein R1 in formula (1), formula (2), and formula (3) is a C1-C8 alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,364,413

LARGE SCALE DISPOSABLE BIOREACTOR

Protalix Ltd., Carmiel (...

25. A disposable device for culturing and harvesting plant tissue and/or cells comprising a non-rigid container having a volume of at least 400 liters and being configured with gas exchange ports and a harvesting port enabling said device to be used continuously for at least two consecutive culturing/harvesting cycles, wherein said gas exchange ports include a plurality of gas inlet ports positioned around the perimeter of the container in the lower half of the container, the outlets of said ports into the container having exits into the container that are spaced from an axis of the container; andwherein the device has neither mechanical agitation to mix medium in the container or a sparger to distribute gas bubbles when medium is present therein; and
the exits are adjacent the perimeter of the container at the position of the ports; and
wherein the container is generally cylindrically symmetrical and ports of a first plurality of said plurality of gas inlet ports are positioned at a same first distance from a bottom of the container and spaced from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,364,406

HARD SURFACE CLEANERS

1. A liquid hard surface cleaning composition comprising:(a) A hydrophobically modified cationic polymer having the formula:

 wherein:
n, m, p, and s are the mole percent of the respective monomers, such that:
n is from about 80 to about 99.5;
m is from about 0 to about 10;
p is from about 0.25 to about 20;
s is from about 0 to about 10;
m+s is at least about 0.01;
with the proviso that the sum of the mole percentages add up to 100%;
R1, R2, R3, and R4 are independently H or CH3;
R5 is an alkyl group from C7 to C21;
R6, R7, R8, are independently selected from the group consisting of: hydrogen and C1 to C4 alkyl;
Y is independently O or NH;
Z is silicone or a derivative thereof;
k is independently from about 1 to about 18;
X? is an anion, preferably Cl?, Br?, I?, HSO4?, CH3SO4?, C2H5SO4?, or OH?;
and
(b) a detersive surfactant, solvent, or mixtures thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,391

QUANTUM DOT, QUANTUM DOT FILM AND LED PACKAGE AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A quantum dot comprising:a seed comprising a first compound without Cd; and
a core enclosing the seed and comprising a second compound,
wherein the first compound comprises a first element from group XIII and a second element from group XV and is different from the second compound, and the second compound consists of InP.

US Pat. No. 10,364,386

MICROEMULSION TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF HEAVY HYDROCARBONS, ITS PREPARATION AND USE

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DEL PE...

1. A process for the secondary recovery of heavy crude oil having an ° API gravity of 10-12 from a well consisting of the steps ofproducing a micellar solution consisting of a surfactant, a primary alcohol, and about 15 by weight of a brine solution containing 70,000 ppm sodium chloride salt;
injecting the micellar solution into the well in an amount of about 0.5 to 1 wt % based on the weight of the crude oil in said well to mix with the crude oil in the well, forming a crude oil microemulsion in the well of said crude oil and said micellar solution, and reducing the viscosity and surface tension of the crude oil in the well to about 0.001 dyne/cm, and
recovering said crude oil;
wherein said surfactant is nonyl phenol ethoxylate, and said primary alcohol co-surfactant is selected from the group consisting of methanol, ethanol, propan-1-ol, butan-1-ol, pentan-1-ol, hexan-1-ol, heptan-1-ol, octan-1-ol, nonan-1-ol, decan-1-ol, undecan-1-ol, dodecan-1-ol, tridecan-1-ol, tetradecan-1-ol, and pentadecan-1-ol;
a ratio of said surfactant to said primary alcohol co-surfactant is between 7:2 and 4:3.

US Pat. No. 10,364,385

MULTI-TAIL HYDRATE INHIBITORS

Multi-Chem Group, LLC, H...

1. A composition comprising:at least one compound having the structural formula:

wherein each of R1 and R2 is a C1 to C50 hydrocarbon chain;
wherein each of R3 and R4 is independently selected from the group consisting of: hydrogen and a C1 to C10 hydrocarbon chain; and
wherein X is an anion selected from the group consisting of a bromide, a carboxylate, an organic sulfonate, a hydroxide, and any combination thereof; and
at least one solvent selected from the group consisting of: toluene, xylene, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, glycol, and any combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,376

ADHESIVE COMPOSITION

TIENSE SUIKERRAFFINADERIJ...

1. A starch-based adhesive composition, wherein the starch comprises a modified starch having a weight-averaged molecular weight of at least 4×106 g/mol, and wherein the amount of the proteins in the adhesive composition is at most 15 wt. % based on dry matter, wherein the starch comprises at least one starch compound having a solubility in distilled water of at least 70%, when measured at 10 wt. % dry matter and at room temperature, said adhesive composition having a tan ? at 10 Hz and 20° C. of at least 1.40.

US Pat. No. 10,364,375

ARTICLE WITH SELF-BONDING FULLY CURED ELASTOMER

Gates Corporation, Denve...

1. A composite article comprising at least one structural member and a substantially fully-cured elastomer member self-bonded to said structural member; said elastomer member comprising the substantially fully-cured reaction product of:at least one elastomeric polymer component, and
at least one curative component at a cure temperature, and further comprising
at least one adhesion promoter having an activation temperature above said cure temperature and which upon activation resulted in said self-bonding between said structural member and said fully-cured elastomer member;
wherein said reaction product comprises 3 to 50 parts by weight of said adhesion promoter based on 100 parts by weight of said elastomeric polymer component.

US Pat. No. 10,364,374

DRY APPLY PROTECTIVE METHODS

ZAGG Intellectual Propert...

1. A method for protecting a surface of a substrate, comprising:grasping a protruding feature of a backing of a system for protecting a surface of a substrate;
grasping a protruding feature of an application tape of the system for protecting a surface of a substrate;
separating the protruding feature of the backing from the protruding feature of the application tape; and
peeling the backing from a protective film of the system for protecting a surface of a substrate to expose an adhesive on an adherent surface of the protective film.

US Pat. No. 10,364,349

ASSEMBLIES CONTAINING POLYETHERKETONEKETONE TIE LAYERS

Arkema Inc., King of Pru...

1. A multilayer assembly comprising a first substrate, a second substrate and an adhesive, wherein a discontinuous adhesive layer consisting of amorphous polyetherketoneketone is positioned between and directly in contact with said first substrate and said second substrate, and wherein the amorphous polyetherketoneketone consists of repeating units represented by formulas I and II:-A-C(?)—B—C(?O)—  I
-A-C(?O)-D-C(?O)—  II
wherein A is a p,p?-Ph-O-Ph- group, Ph is a phenylene radical, B is p-phenylene, and D is m-phenylene and the isomer ratio of formula I:formula II (T:I) is 60:40 so as to provide amorphous polyetherketoneketone; wherein a contact surface of said first substrate is the same as or different from a contact surface of said second substrate and each of the contact surface of said first substrate and the contact surface of said second substrate is selected from the group consisting of glass, and prepreg tape.

US Pat. No. 10,364,340

USE OF ORGANIC OXYIMIDES AS RADICAL GENERATORS IN PLASTICS, METHOD FOR GENERATING RADICALS IN PLASTICS AND USE OF SAID METHOD

1. A method of incorporating a radical generator into a plastic material comprising incorporating into said plastic material an organic oxyimide having the structural element of formula I
wherein the radical generator is activated thermally or by irradiation,
wherein the activation is accomplished during shaping of the plastic material or shaping of a moulding compound comprising the plastic material,
wherein the thermal activation is accomplished at a temperature of 240° C. or more,
said method resulting in a modification of the plastic material, wherein the modification is increasing the molecular weight of the plastic material, branching or crosslinking of the plastic material, molecular weight decrease of the plastic material, influencing a molecular weight distribution of the plastic material, and/or grafting of an unsaturated monomer onto the plastic material.

US Pat. No. 10,364,337

INHIBITION OF AMINE OXIDATION

HUNTSMAN Petrochemical LL...

1. A method of forming an inhibitor-treated amine comprising combining:(i) an oxidation-sensitive amine selected from one or more of a tertiary amine catalyst, a polyetheramine, an ethyleneamine, a surfactant amine, and an amine selected from 2-(2-aminoethoxy)ethanol, diethanolamine, N-methyldiethanolamine, and triethanolamine, with
(ii) an amine-oxidation inhibitor, wherein the amine-oxidation inhibitor is a free-radical scavenger selected from one or more of allupurinol, propyl thiouracil, glutamine, diaminobenzylamine, and nicotinamide,
wherein the amount of amine-oxidation inhibitor added to the oxidation-sensitive amine is in an amount ranging from 5 ppm to 5000 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,364,316

CONJUGATED POLYMER CONTAINING ETHYNYL CROSSLINKING GROUP, MIXTURE, FORMULATION, ORGANIC ELECTRONIC DEVICE CONTAINING THE SAME AND APPLICATION THEROF

GUANGZHOU CHINARAY OPTOEL...

1. A conjugated polymer containing an ethynyl crosslinking group, having the following structure:
wherein, x and y are mole percentages which are greater than 0 and x+y=1; Ar1 and Ar2 are the same or different in multiple occurrences and Ar2 is selected from an aryl or a heteroaryl group; and, R3 is a linking group,
wherein Ar1 is a polymer backbone structural unit selected from the group consisting of benzene, biphenyl, triphenyl, benzo, indenofluorene, indolocarbazole, dibenzosilole, dithienocyclopentadiene, dithienosilole, thiophene, anthracene, naphthalene, benzodithiophene, benzofuran, benzothiophene, benzoselenophen compounds, and a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,272

CONFORMATIONALLY-PREORGANIZED, MINIPEG-CONTAINING GAMMA-PEPTIDE NUCLEIC ACIDS

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSIT...

1. A compound according to Formula VIII
wherein,
P is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen (H), 9-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc), t-butyloxycarbonyl (Boc), benzyloxycarbonyl (Cbz), benzyl (Bn), tosylate (Tos), allyloxycarbonyl (alloc), benzhydryloxycarbonyl (Bhoc), O-nitroveratryloxycarbonyl (Nvoc), 1-(4,4-dimethyl-2,6-dioxacyclohexylidene)ethyl (Dde), diathiasuccinoyl (Dts), benzothiazole-2-sulfonyl (Bts), trityl (Trt), monomethoxytrityl (MMT), and dimethoxytrityl (DMT);
each of R1 and R2 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen (H), linear or branched (C1-C8)alkyl, (C2-C8)alkenyl, (C2-C8)alkynyl, (C1-C8)hydroxylalkyl, (C3-C8)aryl, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl, (C3-C8)aryl(C1-C6)alkylene, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl(C1-C6)alkylene,

provided that at least one of R1 and R2 is selected from the group consisting of

each of R3 and R4 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen (H),

R5 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen (H), linear or branched (C1-C8)alkyl, (C2-C8)alkenyl, (C2-C8)alkynyl, (C1-C8)hydroxylalkyl, (C3-C8)aryl, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl, (C3-C8)aryl(C1-C6)alkylene, and (C3-C8)cycloalkyl(C1-C6)alkylene;
R7 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen (H), linear or branched (C1-C8)alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted (C3-C8)aryl, and (C1-C6)alkylene;
P2 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen (H), linear or branched (C1-C8)alkyl, 9-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc), t-butyloxycarbonyl (Boc), benzyloxycarbonyl (Cbz), benzyl (Bn), tosylate (Tos), allyloxycarbonyl (alloc), trityl (Trt), monomethoxytrityl (MMT), and dimethoxytrityl (DMT);
P3 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen (H), linear or branched (C1-C8)alkyl, (C2-C8)alkenyl, (C2-C8)alkynyl, (C3-C8)aryl, (C3-C8)cycloalkyl, (C3-C8)aryl(C1-C6)alkylene, and (C3-C8)cycloalkyl(C1-C6)alkylene;
x is an integer from 1 to 10, inclusive; and
y is an integer from 1 to 9, inclusive.

US Pat. No. 10,364,264

PROLIFERATIVE DISEASE TREATMENT METHODS WITH PHOSPHAPLATIN COMPLEXES

Ohio University, Athens,...

1. A method of treating a proliferative disease, comprising:administering to a subject in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of a composition comprising a phosphaplatin complex, wherein the phosphaplatin complex is enantiopure (1R,2R)-pyrodach-2 having formula (I):

or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof; and

wherein the proliferative disease is selected from the group consisting of ovarian cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, head-and-neck cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,248

PROCESSES FOR PREPARING 4-CHLORO-7H-PYRROLO[2,3-D]PYRIMIDINE

Incyte Corporation, Wilm...

1. A process for preparing a compound of Formula XIa:
wherein the process comprises:
treating a compound of Formula F-1:

with acid in a solvent at reflux temperature, to form the compound of Formula XIa above.

US Pat. No. 10,364,245

KINASE INHIBITORS

CHIESI FARMACEUTICI S.p.A...

1. A compound of formula (I):
wherein:
A is a group of formula (Ia), (Ib), (Ic), or (Id):

B is a group of formula (IIa), (IIb), (IIc), (IId), (IIe), (IIf), (IIg), (II h), or (Iii):

R1 is H, —CN, linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, (R8)(R9)NC(O)—, R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, (R8)(R9)N—(C1-C4)alkylene-, (C1-C4)alkyl-C(O)O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, (R8)C(O)O—; (C1-C4)alkyl-S(O)2NH—, (C1-C4)alkyl-S—, (R8)(R9)N—, (R8)(R9)N—(C1-C4)alkylene-C(O)NH—(C1-C4)alkylene-, optionally substituted (C3-C7)heterocycloalkyl-C(O)NH—(C1-C4)alkylene-, (C1-C4)alkyl-OC(O)—, or (R8)(R9)N—(C1-C4)alkylene-O—(C1-C4)alkylene-;
R2 is H, linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, or (C1-C4)alkyl-O—;
R3 is H or linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-;
R4 is H or linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-;
R5 is H, linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, or R12O—;
R6 is H or linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-;
R7 is H or linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-; or
R6 and R7 may form, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, an optionally substituted 4-7 membered saturated heterocyclic monocyclic ring system, optionally containing a further oxygen or nitrogen heteroatom;
X is —CH2—, —(R3)N—, or —O—;
R8 is H, linear or branched —(C1-C4)alkyl-, or R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-;
R9 is H, linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, optionally substituted (C3-C7)heterocycloalkyl-, optionally substituted (C3-C7)cycloalkyl-, R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, (R10)(R11)N—(C1-C4)alkylene-, or (R10)(R11)N—(C1-C4)alkylene-O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, wherein said (C1-C4)alkylene- in (C3-C7)cycloalkyle-, R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, (R10)(R11)N—(C1-C4)alkylene-, and (R10)(R11)N—(C1-C4)alkylene-O—(C1-C4)alkylene may be optionally substituted with one or more groups selected from the group consisting of linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, spiro-(C1-C6)cycloalkyl, and spiro-(C1-C6)heterocycloalkyl;
or R8 and R9 may form, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, an optionally substituted 4-7 membered saturated heterocyclic monocyclic ring system, optionally containing a further oxygen or nitrogen heteroatom;
R10 is H, linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, (C3-C7)cycloalkyl-, or (C3-C7)heterocycloalkyl-;
R11 is H, linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, or R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-;
or R10 and R11 may form, together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, an optionally substituted 4-7 membered saturated heterocyclic monocyclic ring system, optionally containing a further oxygen or nitrogen heteroatom;
n is an integer from 1 to 4;
m is an integer from 1 to 2;
z is an integer from 1 to 2;
wherein “optionally substituted” means substitution by one or more groups selected from the group consisting of linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-, halo, R12O—(C1-C4)alkylene-, R12O—, oxo, and (C1-C4)alkyl(C1-C4)alkyl)N—;
R12 is H or linear or branched (C1-C4)alkyl-; and
the symbol * indicates the point of attachment to the rest of the molecule;
with the proviso that when A is (Ib) then R1 is not H, CH3 or CN;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,244

CRYSTAL FORM OF PYRROLOQUINOLINE QUINONE SODIUM SALT AND PREPARATION METHOD AND USE THEREOF

ZHEJIANG HISUN PHARMACEUT...

1. A crystal form III of pyrroloquinoline quinone disodium salt, wherein Cu target is used, and the X-ray powder diffraction pattern of the crystal form III has characteristic peaks at the following 2? diffraction angles: 7.4±0.2°, 8.6±0.2°, 14.0±0.2°, 14.6±0.2°, 19.9±0.2°, 21.4±0.2°, 26.0±0.2°, 27.3±0.2° and 28.5±0.2°.

US Pat. No. 10,364,240

ARYL SULFONAMIDES

ChemoCentryx. Inc., Moun...

1. A compound of the formula (I), or a salt thereof:
where
X represents from 1 to 4 substituents independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —CN, —NO2, —OH, —OR1, —C(O)R1, —CO2R1, —O(CO)R1, —C(O)NR1R2, —OC(O)NR1R2, —SR1, —SOR1, —SO2R1, —SO2NR1R2, —NR1R2, —NR1C(O)R2, —NR1C(O)2R2, —NR1SO2R2, —NRi(CO)NR2R3, unsubstituted C1-8 alkyl, unsubstituted C2-8 alkenyl, unsubstituted C2-8 alkynyl;
R1, R2 and R3 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, unsubstituted C1-6 haloalkyl, unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl; or
two of R1, R2 and R3 together with the atom(s) to which they are attached, may form an unsubstituted 5-, 6- or 7-membered ring;
Y represents from 1 to 3 substituents, each independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —CN, —NO2, —OH, —OR4, —C(O)R4, —CO2R4, —SR4, —SOR4, —SO2R4, and unsubstituted C1-4 alkyl;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, unsubstituted C1-6 haloalkyl, unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, and unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl;
L is —C(O)—, —S—, —SO— or —S(O)2—; and
Z is an unsubstituted or substituted heteroaryl selected from pyrazolyl, imidazolyl, thiazolyl, and triazolyl.

US Pat. No. 10,364,239

FERROPORTIN INHIBITORS

Vifor (International) AG,...

1. A compound according to formula (A-II):
wherein
R4 indicates 1, 2 or 3 optional substituents, which may independently be selected from the group consisting of
halogen,
cyano,
optionally substituted alkyl,
optionally substituted alkoxy, and
a carboxyl group;
X1 is C, N, S or O;
X2 is C or N;
X3 is C, N, S or O; and
X4 is C, N, or S
with the proviso that 1 to 3 heteroatoms X are present,
and wherein X1, X3 and X4, when having the meaning of C or N, may carry a further substituent;
R1 is selected from the group consisting of
hydrogen and
optionally substituted alkyl;
Cycl is selected from the group consisting of
substituted aryl and
substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl;
Q is
hydrogen or
C1-C4-alkyl, which may form a fused 5- or 6-membered ring with Cycl;
n is 0 or an integer of 1 to 8;
and
(a1) A1 is
unsubstituted linear or branched C1-C4-alkanediyl;
(a2) A2 is
linear or branched C1-C4-alkanediyl, which may be substituted with 1 or 2 substituents selected from halogen, hydroxy, an oxo group and an amino group or
a direct bond;
and
(a3) R3 is
hydrogen, or
optionally substituted alkyl;
or
(b1) A1 and R3 together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded form an optionally substituted 4- to 6-membered mono- or bicyclic ring;
or
(b2) R3 and A2 together with the nitrogen atom to which they are bonded form an optionally substituted 4- to 7-membered ring;
or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,227

THERAPEUTIC COMPOUNDS

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ...

1. A compound of formula I:
wherein:
R1 is (C6-C26)alkyl, (C6-C26)alkenyl, (C6-C26)alkynyl, —O(C6-C26)alkyl, —O(C6-C26)alkenyl or —O(C6-C26)alkynyl, wherein any (C6-C26)alkyl, (C6-C26)alkenyl, (C6-C26)alkynyl, —O(C6-C26)alkyl, —O(C6-C26)alkenyl or —O(C6-C26)alkynyl of R1 is optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from halogen, CN, NO2, —ORa1, —N(Rb1)2, —CO2Ra1 and —CON(Rb1)2;
R2a and R2b are each independently hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl or (C2-C6)alkynyl, wherein any (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl or (C2-C6)alkynyl of R2a and R2b is optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from halogen, CN, NO2, —ORa2, —N(Rb2)2, —CO2Ra2 and —CON(Rb2)2; or R2a and R2b together with the nitrogen to which they are attached form a 3-7 membered heterocyclyl, wherein the heterocyclyl is optionally substituted with one more groups independently selected from halogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl, CN, NO2, —ORa2, —N(Rb2)2, —CO2Ra2 and —CON(Rb2)2;
R3 is a carbocyclyl or -Ocarbocyclyl, wherein any carbocyclyl or -Ocarbocyclyl of R3 is optionally substituted with one or more groups independently selected from halogen, CN, NO2, —ORa3, —N(Rb3)2, —CO2Ra3 and —CON(Rb3)2;
each Ra1 is independently hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl, wherein any (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl of Ra1 is optionally substituted with one more halogen;
each Rb1 is independently hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl, wherein any (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl of Rb1 is optionally substituted with one more halogen, or two Rb1 groups together with the nitrogen to which they are attached form a 3-7 membered hetereocyclyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen;
each Ra2 is independently hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl, wherein any (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl of Ra2 is optionally substituted with one more halogen;
each Rb2 is independently hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl, wherein any (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl of Rb2 is optionally substituted with one more halogen, or two Rb2 groups together with the nitrogen to which they are attached form a 3-7 membered hetereocyclyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen;
each Ra3 is independently hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl, wherein any (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl of Ra3 is optionally substituted with one more halogen;
each Rb3 is independently hydrogen, (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl, wherein any (C1-C6)alkyl, (C2-C6)alkenyl, (C2-C6)alkynyl or (C3-C7)carbocyclyl of Rb3 is optionally substituted with one more halogen, or two Rb3 groups together with the nitrogen to which they are attached form a 3-7 membered hetereocyclyl optionally substituted with one or more halogen; and
one or more carbons of formula I is optionally deuterated;
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,364,226

PYRIDAZINONE COMPOUNDS AND USES THEREOF

ALIOS BIOPHARMA, INC., S...

1. A compound of Formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof:
wherein:
G1 is selected from the group consisting of
and R5;G2 is hydrogen, halogen, —CN, an optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl, an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted heteroaryl, —CH2OH, —CH(Y1)(OH) or —C(O)Y1;
G3 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, —C(O)Y2, —C(O)O—Y2, —(CH2)—OC(O)Y2, —(CH2)—OC(O)OY2, —(CHCH3)—OC(O)Y2 and —(CHCH3)—OC(O)OY2;
Y1 and Y2 are independently an optionally substituted C1-6 alkyl or an optionally substituted aryl;
R1 is selected from the group consisting of OR6, NH2, an optionally substituted alkyl, an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted mono-substituted amine, an optionally substituted di-substituted amine, an optionally substituted heterocyclyl, an optionally substituted N-sulfonamido and an optionally substituted alkoxyamine,
or R1 is R10;
R2 is hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, an optionally substituted C3-6 cycloalkyl, an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted aryl(C1-6 alkyl) or an optionally substituted C-amido;
R3 is hydrogen or C1-6 alkyl;
or R2 and R3 are taken together with the carbon to which they are attached to form an optionally substituted C3-6 cycloalkyl or an optionally substituted 5 to 6 membered heterocyclyl,
or R2 and R3 are taken together to form ?O;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkenyl, an optionally substituted heteroaryl and an optionally substituted heterocyclyl;
or R4 is A1RA4RB4, wherein A1 is CH or N; and RA4 and RB4 are each independently an optionally substituted phenyl;
R5 is selected from the group consisting of an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, an optionally substituted cycloalkenyl, an optionally substituted heteroaryl and an optionally substituted heterocyclyl;
R6 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, C1-6 alkyl, —C(O)R7 and —C(O)NR8R9;
R7 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, cycloalkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, heterocyclyl, aryl(C1-6 alkyl), heteroaryl(C1-6 alkyl) and heterocyclyl(C1-6 alkyl); and
R8 and R9 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, cycloalkynyl, aryl, heteroaryl, heterocyclyl, aryl(C1-6 alkyl), heteroaryl(C1-6 alkyl) and heterocyclyl(C1-6 alkyl);
or R8 and R9 are taken together with the nitrogen to which they are attached to form an optionally substituted heterocyclyl;
wherein when R1 is R10, then the compound of Formula (I) has the structure of Formula (Ih) or (Ij),

wherein the ring containing R10, L1, and R4 is an 11- to 20-membered ring, and the ring containing R10, L1, and R5 is an 11- to 20-membered ring;
R10 is optionally substituted —CH2—, optionally substituted —CH?CH—, O (oxygen), S (sulfur) or NR11;
R11 is hydrogen or C1-6 alkyl;
L1 is -L2- or -L3-L4-L5-;
L2 is selected from the group consisting of an optionally substituted alkylene, an optionally substituted alkenylene, an optionally substituted heteroalkylene and an optionally substituted heteroalkenylene,
L3 is an optionally substituted C1-6 alkylene,
L4 is an optionally substituted cycloalkyl, an optionally substituted aryl, an optionally substituted heteroaryl, an optionally substituted heterocyclyl, O (oxygen), S (sulfur) or NR11; and
L5 is an optionally substituted C1.6 alkylene or an optionally substituted heteroalkylene, and
Z1 and Z2 are independently 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4.

US Pat. No. 10,364,221

MONOMER, ORGANIC LAYER COMPOSITION, ORGANIC LAYER, AND METHOD OF FORMING PATTERNS

SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., Y...

1. An organic layer composition, comprising:a monomer represented by one of Chemical Formulae 1-1, 1-2, and 1-4; and
a solvent,

wherein, in Chemical Formula 1-1,
Ax and Ay are each independently a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic group of one of the following compounds:

Za and Zb are each independently NRa, in which Ra is hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C10 alkyl group, or a combination thereof,
Rx and Ry are each independently hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C30 alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 aryl group, or a combination thereof, and
X0 is a hydroxy group,

wherein, in Chemical Formulae 1-2 and 1-4,
Ax and Ay are each independently a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic group of one of the following compounds:

Za and Zb are each independently NRa, O, or S, in which Ra is hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted C1 to C10 alkyl group, or a combination thereof,
Rx and Ry are each independently hydrogen, a substituted or unsubstituted C6 to C30 aryl group, a hydroxy group, a halogen atom, or a combination thereof, and
X0 is a hydroxy group.

US Pat. No. 10,364,219

METHOD FOR PREPARING AZETIDINONE COMPOUND AND INTERMEDIATE OF AZETIDINONE COMPOUND

Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceut...

1. A method for preparing the compound represented by formula (I),
comprising the following steps:
(a) reacting the compound of formula V with a hydroxyl protectant to obtain the compound of formula VI:

wherein R2 is an alcoholic hydroxyl protecting group;
(b) converting the carboxylic acid of formula VI into mixed anhydride or acyl halide, then reacting with (S)-4-phenyl-2-oxazolidone of formula VII which is used as a chiral auxiliary to obtain a derivative of oxazolidone of formula VIII:

wherein the carboxylic acid of formular VI is reacted with an acylating agent to produce mixed anhydride; or the carboxylic acid of formula VI is reacted with phosphorus trihalide, phosphorus pentahalide, dichlorosulfane (SOCl2), oxalyl chloride((COCl)2) or phosgene (COCl2) to produce acyl halide; X is chlorine or bromine;
or the above step (a) and step (b) can be carried out in one step, the compound of formula VIII can be prepared from the compound of formula V through a one-pot method with the following specific steps:
(ab) reacting the compound of formula V with a hydroxyl protecting agent to obtain the compound of formula VI, further converting the carboxylic acid of formula VI into mixed anhydride or acyl halide without separation and purification, then reacting with (S)-4-phenyl-2-oxazolidone of formula VII which is used as a chiral auxiliary to obtain a derivative of oxazolidone of formula VIII:

wherein R2 is an alcoholic hydroxyl protecting group; and
wherein the carboxylic acid of formula VI is reacted with an acylating agent to produce mixed anhydride; or the carboxylic acid of formula VI is reacted with phosphorus trihalide, phosphorus pentahalide, dichlorosulfane (SOCl2), oxalyl chloride((COCl)2) or phosgene (COCl2) to produce acyl halide; X is chlorine or bromine;
(c) under the presence of Lewis acids (titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and tetraisopropyl titanate) and tertiary amine, reacting the oxazolidone derivative of formula VIII with an imine of formula IX to obtain an addition product of formula XI:

wherein R2 and R3 are all hydroxyl protecting groups, which can be the same or different;
(d) cyclizing the addition product of formula XI with N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)acetamide (BSA) and tetrabutylammonium fluoride (TBAF) to obtain the ?-lactams of formula XII, XIII and XIV:

and
(e) obtaining the compound of formula (I) via the deprotection of the mixture of the compounds of formula XII, XIII and XIV obtained in step (d):

US Pat. No. 10,364,209

METHODS FOR PREPARING OILS CONTAINING AT LEAST 2% ALKYL-BRANCHING ON THE HYDROCARBON CHAIN

The United States of Amer...

1. A method for preparing triglyceride oils containing at least 2% branching on the hydrocarbon chain, said method comprising subjecting in a pressurized container (a) a feedstock containing unsaturated fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone having 6 to 25 carbon atoms, or mixtures thereof, (b) modified zeolite, and (c) water or alcohol in the presence of an inert atmosphere to produce triglycerides containing at least 2% branching; wherein said modified zeolite has been calcined at about 760° C. to about 840° C. for about 20 to about 28 hours, then placed in about 1N HCl at about 50° C. to about 60° C. for about 20 to about 28 hours and washed with water until the pH is neutral.

US Pat. No. 10,364,206

METHOD FOR PRODUCING 2-HALOGENATED BENZOIC ACIDS

SUMITOMO SEIKA CHEMICALS ...

1. A method for producing 2-halogenated benzoic acids comprising: reacting benzoic acids represented by Formula (1)in Formula (1), R1 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, and R2 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having the carbon number of 1 to 18, or an alkoxy group having the carbon number of 1 to 18, and R3 represents an alkoxy group having the carbon number of 1 to 18 with a halogenating agent in the presence of an alkaline compound at a reaction temperature of 0 to 5° C.

US Pat. No. 10,364,197

HEAT TREATED CERAMIC SUBSTRATE HAVING CERAMIC COATING

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A ceramic article comprising:a ceramic substrate comprising Al2O3;
a ceramic coating on the ceramic substrate, wherein the ceramic coating is a non-sintered ceramic coating that has a different composition than the ceramic substrate, the ceramic coating comprising a compound of Y4Al2O9 and a solid-solution of Y2O3—ZrO2; and
a transition layer between the ceramic substrate and the ceramic coating, the transition layer comprising first elements from the ceramic coating that have reacted with second elements from the ceramic substrate, wherein the transition layer comprises Y3Al5O12 (YAG), and wherein the transition layer has a thickness of about 0.1 microns to about 5 microns.

US Pat. No. 10,364,191

METHODS OF FORMING ARTICLES INCLUDING SILICON CARBIDE BY SPARK PLASMA SINTERING

Battelle Energy Alliance,...

1. A method of forming an article including silicon carbide by spark plasma sintering, the method comprising:providing a powder comprising silicon carbide into a die;
pulsing a direct current through the powder in the die at a current density less than about 0.1 A/mm2 to heat the powder to a peak temperature of at least about 1,950° C. and form a sintered silicon carbide structure;
exposing the sintered silicon carbide structure to a current density of between about 0.02 A/mm2 and about 0.08 A/mm2 while exposing the sintered silicon carbide structure to the peak temperature; and
cooling the sintered silicon carbide structure.

US Pat. No. 10,364,190

METHOD OF PRODUCING A COMPONENT OF A COMPOSITE OF DIAMOND AND A BINDER

SANDVIK INTELLECTUAL PROP...

1. A method of producing a component of a composite of diamond having a diamond content of ?25 vol % and a binder, wherein a Hot Isostatic gas Pressure process (HIP) is used, comprising the steps of:forming a de-bound green body having a diamond content of solids of at least 50 vol %;
enclosing said de-bound green body and an infiltrant in a Zr-capsule that comprises zirconium as a main constituent and sealing the Zr-capsule; and
applying a predetermined pressure-temperature cycle on a unit formed by said de-bound green body, infiltrant and capsule in which the infiltrant infiltrates the de-bound green body and the de-bound green body is further densified such that a volume thereof is decreased, wherein the predetermined pressure-temperature cycle includes a temperature and pressure increase, with or without holding times, until a predetermined maximum temperature being between 1450 to 1600° C. and a predetermined maximum pressure being between 50 to 3000 Bar is reached.

US Pat. No. 10,364,180

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ANTI-GLARE SURFACES

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. An apparatus for producing anti-glare surfaces, comprising:an etching cream dipping tank;
a sub-tank configured to contain a slurry of etching cream; and
a pumping unit fluidly coupled to the etching cream dipping tank and the sub-tank such that the pumping unit is operable to selectively (i) self-circulate the slurry of etching cream in the sub-tank to improve homogeneity of the etching cream and (ii) transfer a volume of the etching cream from the sub-tank to the etching cream dipping tank, wherein the pumping unit comprises a pump having a suction end fluidly connected to the sub-tank and a discharge end fluidly and separately connected to the etching cream dipping tank and sub-tank.

US Pat. No. 10,364,166

UV-IRRADIATION APPARATUS

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A UV-irradiation apparatus comprising:a first irradiation unit and a second irradiation unit that irradiate treatment water with ultraviolet rays respectively having a first ultraviolet ray intensity and a second ultraviolet ray intensity;
a first measuring unit that is associated with the first irradiation unit and a second measuring unit that is associated with the second irradiation unit, the first measuring unit and the second measuring unit respectively measuring a third ultraviolet ray intensity and a fourth ultraviolet ray intensity of ultraviolet rays transmitted through the treatment water, wherein
the first measuring unit is spaced relative to a first central axis of the first irradiation unit and the second measuring unit is spaced relative to a second central axis of the second irradiation unit at a predetermined liquid phase distance that is based on
a preset allowable error of ultraviolet ray permeability of the treatment water and
a predetermined value that indicates when treatment performance to the treatment water cannot be maintained;
a detecting unit that detects deterioration of the first irradiation unit and the second irradiation unit in accordance with the third ultraviolet ray intensity and the fourth ultraviolet ray intensity respectively measured by the first measuring unit and the second measuring unit;
a calculator that calculates the ultraviolet ray permeability of the treatment water, on the basis of the first ultraviolet ray intensity and the second ultraviolet ray intensity of ultraviolet rays respectively emitted from the first irradiation unit and the second irradiation unit depending on a preset setting value and the third ultraviolet ray intensity and the fourth ultraviolet ray intensity respectively measured by the first measuring unit and the second measuring unit; and
a display that displays an ultraviolet ray monitor indication value indicative of a detection result of the deterioration of the first irradiation unit and the second irradiation unit by the detecting unit, and an ultraviolet ray permeability value, distinct from the ultraviolet ray monitor indication value, indicative of the ultraviolet ray permeability calculated by the calculator, wherein:
the predetermined liquid phase distance allows the ultraviolet ray permeability to be obtained when a displacement amount of the ultraviolet ray permeability due to deterioration associated with the first irradiation unit is equal to or less than the preset allowable error; and
the predetermined liquid phase distance allows the ultraviolet ray permeability to be obtained when the displacement amount of the ultraviolet ray permeability due to deterioration associated with the second irradiation unit is equal to or less than the preset allowable error.

US Pat. No. 10,364,154

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO STRENGTHEN SAND PROPPANT

FORECASTER CHEMICALS, LLC...

1. A method of increasing the crush resistance of silica sand used as proppant to fracture hydrocarbon formations, the method including:washing silica sand having a preselected range of grain particle size in a washer to remove impurities;
exposing at least a portion of the washed silica sand to electromagnetic radiation for a period of time of at least thirty seconds, the electromagnetic radiation being generated from a local electromagnetic radiation source and having a frequency of between about 300 MHz and about 300 GHz;
adding the silica sand to a sand tumbler to be rotated, and
tumbling the silica sand in the sand tumbler for a period of at least about five minutes.

US Pat. No. 10,364,145

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A MICROELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A BLACK SURFACE, AND MICROELECTRONIC DEVICE

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A process, comprising:etching a trench into a silicon body, said trench including a sidewall surface and a bottom surface; and
roughening the sidewall surface and bottom surface of the trench to reduce surface reflectivity by performing a plurality of roughening cycles, wherein each roughening cycle includes:
depositing a polymeric layer having a non-planar surface profile over the sidewall surface and bottom surface of the trench; and
plasma etching the polymeric layer and the area of the silicon body at the sidewall surface and bottom surface of the trench in a non-unidirectional way to remove, in a non-uniform way, at least a portion of the polymeric layer and a surface portion of the area of the silicon body so as to replicate said non-planar surface profile of the polymeric layer on the sidewall surface and bottom surface of the trench.

US Pat. No. 10,364,142

METHOD OF FORMING SPACE FOR USE IN ANALYSIS DEVICES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of forming a space, comprising:a step of tenting, on a substrate having a recessed portion, a dry film including a dry film material that is to be a top plate on the recessed portion,
wherein the step of tenting the dry film includes a press period and a release period and performs a press-release cycle of the press period and the release period a plurality of times, a pressed state in which the dry film is pressed against the substrate by using a pressing member is maintained during the press period, and a released state in which the pressed state is released is maintained during the release period,
wherein the step of tenting the dry film includes starting the press period in a vacuum state, performing the press-release cycle in the vacuum state a plurality of times, and subsequently starting ventilation,
wherein the step of tenting the dry film includes cooling a process temperature to a temperature equal to or less than a glass-transition temperature of the dry film material while maintaining the pressed state during the press period of a final cycle of the press-release cycle performed a plurality of times, and subsequently starting the ventilation.

US Pat. No. 10,364,141

BLOCK COPOLYMER NANOSTRUCTURES FORMED BY DISTURBED SELF-ASSEMBLY AND USES THEREOF

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSI...

1. A method of making solid state block copolymer nanostructures, comprising depositing a block copolymer sol on a substrate;evaporating liquid from said block copolymer sol to form a semi-solid;
physically modifying the surface of the semi-solid; and
evaporating liquid from the semi-solid, wherein the step of evaporating liquid from the semi-solid causes spontaneous assembly of the three-dimensional co-polymeric nanostructures at or near the site of physical modification.

US Pat. No. 10,364,140

INTEGRATING DIVERSE SENSORS IN A SINGLE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A method of manufacturing a sensor system comprising:forming a first structure having a substrate layer and a first sensor, the first sensor being positioned on a first side of the substrate layer;
bonding a cap structure over the first sensor on the first side of the substrate layer;
depositing a first dielectric layer over the cap structure;
after bonding the cap structure and depositing the first dielectric layer, fabricating a second sensor on the first dielectric layer, wherein the second sensor includes components that would be damaged at a temperature that is used to bond the cap structure to the first side of the substrate layer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,139

AUTOMATED WATER AND PARTICLE DETECTION FOR DISPENSING FUEL INCLUDING AVIATION FUEL, AND RELATED APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

1. A fuel dispensing apparatus for delivering fuel from a fuel source, comprising:a flow conduit defining a fluid flow path from a fuel source to an outlet where fuel is dispensed;
a particle detector configured to detect a number of particles in each of a plurality of predetermined particle size ranges in real time as the fuel passes through the flow conduit; and
an electronic control system in communication with the particle detector,
wherein the electronic control system is configured to:
determine, based on (i) the number of particles in each of the plurality of predetermined particle size ranges detected by the particle detector and (ii) predetermined empirical mass constants, a particle ratio defined as an approximate ratio of a total mass of water and particulate per unit volume of fuel, each of the predetermined empirical mass constants representing an approximation of an average mass of particles in a respective one of the plurality of predetermined particle size ranges;
determine, based on the number of particles in each of the plurality of predetermined particle size ranges detected by the particle detector, a first water characteristic indicative of a presence or absence of a threshold measurement of water per unit volume of fuel;
determine, based on the first water characteristic and on the particle ratio, whether to initiate at least one corrective action; and
automatically initiate the at least one corrective action in response to a determination to initiate the at least one corrective action.

US Pat. No. 10,364,130

SPEED DETECTION SYSTEM OF PASSENGER CONVEYOR AND SPEED DETECTION METHOD THEREOF

OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY, F...

1. A speed detection system of a passenger conveyor, comprising:an imaging sensor and/or a depth sensing sensor configured to sense at least one part of the passenger conveyor to acquire sequence frames; and
a processing apparatus configured to analyze the sequence frames to obtain at least speed information about steps of the passenger conveyor, which is configured to comprise:
an optical flow estimation module configured to calculate, based on an optical flow method, a shift of a corresponding feature point between any adjacent frames in the sequence frames in frame coordinates;
a calibration module configured to convert the shift of the feature point in the frame coordinates to a shift in three-dimensional space coordinates;
a time calculation module configured to determine a time quantity between any adjacent frames in the sequence frames; and
a speed calculation module configured to obtain by calculation, based on the shift of the feature point in the three-dimensional space coordinates and the corresponding time quantity, speed information of time points corresponding to any adjacent frames, and further combine the speed information to obtain speed information of the sequence frames.

US Pat. No. 10,364,125

CABLE REEL EDDY CURRENT BRAKE

CONDUCTIX, INC., Omaha, ...

1. A reel device comprising:a stator;
a rotor rotationally coupled with the stator, the rotor comprising a drum for spooling a cable;
a biasing mechanism configured to rotate the rotor to spool the cable onto the drum;
a frame fixedly attached to one of the stator or the rotor, the frame including a magnet;
a conductive material fixedly attached to the other of the stator or the rotor, the conductive material to interface with the magnet when the rotor is turned to generate eddy current and slow spooling of the cable onto the drum, the conductive material including a first conductive material housing on a first side of the frame and a second conductive material housing on a second side of the frame; and
a spacer ring positioned around the frame and between the first conductive material housing and the second conductive material housing for spacing the first conductive material housing and the second conductive material housing apart from one another and from the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,364,120

WINDING MACHINE FOR SPOOLS OF WEB MATERIAL AND METHOD

A.CELLI NONWOVENS S.P.A.,...

1. A machine for forming spools of web material, comprising:an unwinding section for unwinding parent reels of web material;
at least one winding station, comprising a winding device, to which a longitudinal strip of web material is fed, and where a respective spool of web material is formed;
a control unit configured to control the winding speed of the longitudinal strip in the winding station;wherein the control unit is configured to perform an acceleration cycle in order to accelerate the winding of the longitudinal strip, comprising at least a step of gradually increasing the feeding speed of the longitudinal strip, wherein the feeding speed is linked to the diameter of the spool; and wherein the winding device of the winding station comprises a winding mandrel provided with a rotation movement around a rotation axis and with a reciprocating translation movement in a direction parallel to the rotation axis, so as to helically wind the longitudinal strip around the winding mandrel and to form a helically wound spool.

US Pat. No. 10,364,117

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING AUTOMATION PICKING AND STACKING

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. An apparatus for picking a product, comprising:a control circuit;
at least one vacuum cup arranged to:
create negative pressure; and,
adhere, with the negative pressure and at a first location, at least one sheet of material to the at least one vacuum cup; and,
at least one sensor configured to:
monitor an area proximate the at least one vacuum cup; and,
transmit at least one signal regarding a presence of at least one sheet of material in the area, wherein:
the apparatus is arranged to displace to a second location while continuously monitoring, using the at least one sensor, the area proximate the at least one vacuum cup;
the at least one sensor is configured to transmit the at least one signal when:
the at least one sheet of material is not detected in the area; or,
the at least one sheet of material is detected in the area; and,
the control circuit is arranged to:
determine, responsive to the at least one signal, the at least one sheet of material is not present in the area; and,
generate an error signal indicating that the at least one sheet of material is not present in the area;
the at least one vacuum cup includes a plurality of vacuum cups.

US Pat. No. 10,364,111

PAPER WARPING DETECTION DEVICE AND PAPER WARPING DETECTION METHOD APPLIED THEREIN

Foxlink Image Technology ...

1. A paper warping detection device, comprising:an input tray for loading a plurality of pieces of paper to be fed;
a processor, a first critical value being stored in the processor;
a first emitting element disposed to one side of the input tray, the first emitting element being electrically connected with the processor, the processor controlling the first emitting element to be switched on or switched off;
a first receiving element disposed to the other side of the input tray, the first receiving element and the first emitting element facing each other, when the first emitting element is switched on, the first emitting element emitting first ultrasonic wave signals towards the first receiving element, and the first receiving element receiving the first ultrasonic wave signals emitted by the first emitting element;
a first analog-to-digital converter electrically connected with the first receiving element and being electrically connected with the processor for converting the first ultrasonic wave signals received by the first receiving element into first digital signals and outputting the first digital signals to the processor, the processor reading the first digital signals outputted by the first analog-to-digital converter and comparing the first digital signals with the first critical value; and
a reflecting barrier disposed to an outer side of the first emitting element away from the input tray, an inner surface of the reflecting barrier facing the first emitting element being arched outward away from the first emitting element to show an arc shape, the arc-shaped inner surface of the reflecting barrier facing the first receiving element, the first emitting element emitting the first ultrasonic wave signals towards the reflecting barrier, the first ultrasonic wave signals being reflected by the reflecting barrier, and the first receiving element receiving the reflected first ultrasonic wave signals.

US Pat. No. 10,364,110

MEDIA TRANSPORT JAM PREVENTION

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An apparatus to prevent media transport jams, comprising:an actuator to advance a media within a media path width;
a first sensor to detect a first edge of the media;
a second sensor to detect a second edge of the media, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are positioned outside of a media action area and on opposite sides of the media path width, wherein the media action area is positioned within the media path width;
an intermediate sensor positioned between the first sensor and the second sensor to detect a presence of the media; and
a controller to:
calculate a progression distance of the advancement of a portion of the media prior to detection by the first sensor of the first edge or by the second sensor of the second edge of the media based on the detection of the presence of the media by the intermediate sensor and a measured distance that the media traveled prior detection by the first sensor or the second sensor of the media;
assess a margin distance between the first sensor and a first end of the media path width or between the second sensor and a second end of the media path width; and
estimate, based on the progression distance of the portion of the media and the assessed margin distance, whether the assessed margin distance permits the advancement of a remaining portion of the media without causing a media transport jam.

US Pat. No. 10,364,109

FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus comprising:a feeding rotary member configured to feed a recording material;
a conveyance rotary member configured to convey the recording material fed by the feeding rotary member;
a separation rotary member configured to form a nip portion with the conveyance rotary member and configured to separate a plurality of recording materials one by one at the nip portion;
an output unit configured to output a signal according to a rotation state of the separation rotary member; and
a control unit configured to determine a life of the separation rotary member based on variation in rotation speed of the separation rotary member corresponding to the signal output from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,108

SHEET FEED DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. A sheet feed device comprising:a sheet containing cassette including a sheet containing part for containing sheets therein, and a sheet stacking plate whose sheet-feed-direction downstream-side one end is pivotably supported by a bottom face of the sheet containing part and in which the sheets are to be stacked on its top surface;
a sheet feed part which is enabled to retain the sheet containing cassette in an insertable-and-withdrawable manner and to feed the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking plate with the sheet containing cassette set in a setting position;
a first sensing mechanism configured to sense presence or absence of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking plate;
a lift mechanism provided in the sheet containing cassette and configured to move up and down the sheet stacking plate;
a drive mechanism provided in the sheet feed part and configured to transmit driving force to the lift mechanism; and
a controller for controlling drive of the drive mechanism based on a sensing result by the first sensing mechanism, wherein
the lift mechanism includes a cassette-side coupling member for transmitting driving force to an actuating plate that lifts up a sheet-feed-direction downstream-side end portion of the sheet stacking plate,
the drive mechanism includes a main body-side coupling member to be coupled with the cassette-side coupling member, and
when the first sensing mechanism senses the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking plate, the controller makes the main body-side coupling member rotate forward to move up the sheet stacking plate and moreover feed out a specified number of sheets; and during or after feeding of the sheets, when the first sensing mechanism has sensed that none of the sheets are stacked on the sheet stacking plate, the controller makes the main body-side coupling member rotate reverse to move down the sheet stacking plate and, even after the sheet stacking plate lowers to the bottom face, makes the main body-side coupling member continue to be rotated reverse so that pressing force in a thrust direction acts from the main body-side coupling member onto the cassette-side coupling member to move out the sheet containing cassette from the setting position.

US Pat. No. 10,364,106

STOPPING DEVICE FOR CONVEYING PROCESS OF OBJECT AND CONVEYOR SYSTEM

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A stopping device for a conveying process of an object, comprising:a pedestal;
a driving structure rotatably connected to the pedestal through a first spindle;
a stopping arm rotatably connected to the pedestal through a second spindle;
a linkage rod connected between the driving structure and the stopping arm; and
an angle detector arranged at a position where the linkage rod is connected to the stopping arm and comprising a first pointer and a second pointer,
wherein the driving structure is configured to drive the linkage rod to move, so that the linkage rod drives the stopping arm to rotate about the second spindle between a first position and a second position,
the linkage rod is rotatably connected to the stopping arm through a third spindle, the first pointer is arranged to be in one of a first state and a second state, and in the first state, the first pointer is fixed onto a fourth spindle, and in the second state, the first pointer is rotatable about the fourth spindle,
the second pointer is fixedly connected to the stopping arm, and in the case that the linkage rod drives the stopping arm to rotate about the second spindle between the first position and the second position, the second pointer synchronously rotates about the fourth spindle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,104

TRANSFER SYSTEM WITH A PUSHING DEVICE FOR PIECE OBJECTS

WRH WALTER REIST HOLDING ...

1. A transfer system for piece objects, comprising a pushing device and a main conveyor with a conveying region, wherein said pushing device comprises at least one first pushing member and a second pushing member, and said transfer system comprises a supply zone, which is behind said conveying region in a pushing direction,in an initial position of said pushing device, said first pushing member is arranged between said conveying region and said supply zone in said pushing direction, and said second pushing member is arranged behind said supply zone in said pushing direction,
in an end position of said pushing device, which is arranged in front of said initial position in said pushing position, said first pushing member is arranged in front of said conveying region in said pushing direction and said second pushing member is arranged between said conveying region and said supply zone in said pushing direction, so that given a movement of said pushing device from said initial position to said end position, piece objects can be transferred from said supply zone to said conveying region and piece objects can be taken away from said conveying region,
in said pushing device, said first pushing member between the initial position and said end position is arranged in a fixedly distanced manner to and in front of said second pushing member in said pushing direction, so that each movement of said first pushing member on a path from said initial position to said end position effects the same movement of said second pushing member.

US Pat. No. 10,364,100

HEAT RESISTANT CONVEYOR BELT

ContiTech Transportbandsy...

1. A conveyor belt comprising a reinforcement layer, a carry cover layer above the reinforcement layer, and a pulley cover layer beneath the reinforcement layer, wherein the carry cover layer is comprised of a fluoroelastomer;wherein the fluoroelastomer has a fluorine content which is within the range of 64 weight percent to 71 weight percent; and,
wherein the fluoroelastomer has repeat units which are comprised of at least two perfluorinated monomers and at least one cure site monomer.

US Pat. No. 10,364,099

INVENTORY SYSTEM WITH VERTICALLY MOBILE DRIVE UNITS AND MOVABLE PANELS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An inventory management system, comprising:an inventory system comprising:
a first level;
a second level above the first level;
a vertical element extending upward from the first level and passing through or adjacent to the second level; and
a movable panel in the second level proximate to the vertical element, the movable panel defining a transitable opening when the movable panel is in an open position;
a drive unit comprising:
a body;
a horizontal drive mechanism connected with the body;
a vertical element grasping mechanism connected with the body; and
a vertical drive mechanism connected with the vertical element grasping mechanism; and
a management component configured with executable instructions, in order to, at least;
receive information relating to a resource in the inventory system;
instruct the drive unit to retrieve the resource at a first location using the horizontal drive mechanism;
instruct the drive unit to grasp the vertical element using the vertical element grasping mechanism;
instruct the drive unit to ascend or descend the vertical element using the vertical drive mechanism and pass through the transitable opening defined by the movable panel; and
instruct the drive unit to move the resource to a second location on the second floor using the horizontal drive mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,364,091

DISPENSING HEAD FOR AEROSOL CONTAINER PROVIDED WITH BLOCKING MEANS

LINDAL FRANCE SAS, Briey...

1. A dispensing head for an aerosol container provided with a valve, said dispensing head comprising:a cover, and
an actuating member fastened to the cover, wherein the actuating member is provided with a push button which can be moved between a non-depressed rest position and a depressed actuating position,
wherein the push button is provided with an outlet conduit for a product to be removed, a first portion of the outlet conduit having a first end provided with a connection intended to cooperate with a valve of an aerosol container and a second portion of the outlet conduit having a second end being intended to spray the product into the environment,
wherein the actuating member is provided with a blocking element which is pivotable about an axis of rotation between an unlocked position in which the blocking element does not block the movement of the push button relative to the cover and a locked position in which the blocking element blocks the push button in the rest position by preventing the push button from going into the actuating position, and
wherein the axis of rotation of the blocking element is located at a distance from and parallel to an axis of the first portion of the outlet conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,364,085

MICROWAVE HEATING PACKAGE WITH POLARIZED SHIELD

Graphic Packaging Interna...

1. A microwave heating construct comprising:a tray including at least one upstanding wall extending upwardly from a base; the base and the wall of the tray defining a cavity for receiving a food item and a lid for enclosing the food item within the tray;
at least a first microwave energy interactive element on the base of the tray and a second microwave energy element on the lid, said first microwave energy interactive element being annular in shape and includes an inner perimeter edge, so that exposure of microwave energy to the inner perimeter edge will generate an electric current from the inner perimeter for heating the adjacent food item; the first and second microwave energy interactive elements each defining a substantially uniform width;
wherein the first microwave energy interactive element is dimensioned and arranged to extend along and overlap a peripheral region of the food item, the inner perimeter edge of the at least a first microwave energy interactive element has an inner perimeter length approximately equal to one-quarter of a wavelength of the microwave energy in a microwave oven in which the construct is heated;
wherein the first microwave energy interactive element includes an annular outer perimeter edge, said first and second microwave interactive elements being substantially concentrically aligned when said lid is placed onto a top of said tray;
wherein the first microwave energy interactive element along its width reduces heating along the peripheral region of the food item when the at least first microwave energy interactive element is exposed to microwave energy;
and wherein the second microwave energy interactive element along its width reduces heating along the peripheral region of the food item when the second microwave energy interactive element is exposed to microwave energy.

US Pat. No. 10,364,084

FLEXIBLE PACKAGE WITH TAMPER-EVIDENT ANTI-COUNTERFEITING LABEL AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Fres-co System USA, Inc.,...

13. A method of making a flexible package for a product, said method comprising:a) providing a first panel and second panel, wherein one of said first and second panels is disposed over the other of said first and second panels, and wherein each of said first and second panels are formed of a flexible material and has an outer surface;
b) securing a tamper evident label onto the outer surface of one of said first and second panels, said tamper evident label including a first peripheral edge portion which is frangible and a second peripheral edge portion; and
c) heat sealing said second peripheral edge portion of said label to at least one of said first and second panels by a heat or ultrasonic seal, whereupon said second peripheral edge portion of said tamper evident label is within of a portion of the area made up by said heat or ultrasonic seal.

US Pat. No. 10,364,064

PALLET WITH SKIRT

Menasha Corporation, Nee...

1. A skirt system for use with displaying goods in a store comprising:a generally rectangular support pad that can be positioned on top of a pallet support surface, the support pad including a first upwardly directed flange connected along a first side of the pad;
a skirt having four sides forming a first rectangular opening at a top portion and a second rectangular opening at a bottom portion, the skirt including a first internally formed pocket at a top portion of a first side of the skirt, wherein the first internally formed pocket includes a downwardly facing opening formed between an inner surface of the first side of the skirt and a sheet of material connected to the first side of the skirt and wherein the downwardly facing opening of the first pocket is positioned to engage the first flange on the support pad.

US Pat. No. 10,364,059

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MAGNETISING A PACKAGE MATERIAL, AND PACKAGING MATERIAL MAGNETISED WITH SAID METHOD

1. A magnetising device in a web processing machine for magnetising a magnetisable area of a web of packaging material, said magnetising device comprising:a first magnetic component having a north pole and a south pole, and
a second magnetic component having a north pole and a south pole,
wherein poles of a first and same polarity are arranged adjacent in an opposed relationship, and
wherein poles of a second and same polarity are arranged remote from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,364,054

M-SHAPED FULLY AUTOMATIC WINDING MACHINE

HANGZHOU YOUNGSUN INTELLI...

1. An M-shaped winding machine, provided with a base, a rotatable M-shaped turntable and an upright post, the upright post is provided with a film frame lifting device which is driven to work by a first electric motor, the film frame lifting device is at one side of the upright post; wherein, the M-shaped winding machine is provided with a main controller; the M-shaped winding machine is further provided with a film clamping device, the film clamping device is provided on the M-shaped turntable, is driven to work by a second electric motor and uses a storage battery as a power source; a secondary controller for controlling the second electric motor is also provided on the M-shaped turntable, is in a communication connection with the main controller via wireless data and is controlled by the main controller; a film clamping working position of the film clamping device is in front of the upright post when the M-shaped turntable turns to an angle of an original position; the M-shaped winding machine is also provided with a storage battery charging connection device comprising a turntable upper part and a turntable outer part, the turntable upper part is mounted on the M-shaped turntable and the M-shaped turntable is mounted on the base next to the M-shaped turntable, when the M-shaped turntable turns to an angle of a charging position, the turntable upper part and the turntable outer part of the storage battery charging connection device can be electrically connected, the turntable outer part is connected with the power source, and the turntable upper part transmits electricity to the storage battery for charging; the first electric motor of the M-shaped turntable is also connected with the main controller, and controlled by the main controller.

US Pat. No. 10,364,052

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

1. An inventory management system, comprising:a floor-based weighing subsystem comprising a sensor arrangement including at least one weight sensor functionally associated with a load carrying unit supporting a load having an associated weight, the load carrying unit deployed at the floor of a retail display area, and the weight sensor determining the weight of the load; and
a load status subsystem comprising a load status determination engine including at least one processor coupled to a storage medium, the load status determination engine configured to:
receive, from the floor-based weighing subsystem, the weight of the load determined by the weight sensor,
determine a loading status of the load carrying unit based on the received weight of the load,
send a request to replace the load carrying unit in response to at least one event, wherein the at least one event includes the determined loading status of the load carrying unit satisfying a threshold criterion, and
determine a load depletion rate based on the determined loading status.

US Pat. No. 10,364,047

APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING CURVED SHEETS USING MAGNETIC MEMBERS

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus for manipulating a plurality of curved sheets, wherein the plurality of curved sheets comprises a first curved sheet and a second curved sheet, wherein the first curved sheet comprises a first upper surface, a first lower surface, and a first edge, and wherein the second curved sheet comprises a second upper surface, a second lower surface, and a second edge, the apparatus comprising:a housing;
first holders extending from the housing in a first direction, wherein the first holders are configured to be removably coupled to the first upper surface of the first curved sheet, and wherein the first holders are individually movable along the first direction to position the first curved sheet such that the first upper surface is coextensive with a first portion of a virtual arcuate surface;
second holders extending from the housing in a second direction, wherein the second holders are configured to be removably coupled to the second upper surface of the second curved sheet, and wherein the second holders are individually movable along the second direction to position the second curved sheet such that the second upper surface is coextensive with a second portion of the virtual arcuate surface and such that the second edge is abutting the first edge;
a carriage disposed in a facing relationship with the first lower surface of the first curved sheet and the second lower surface of the second curved sheet, wherein the carriage is operable to move along the first edge and the second edge of the first curved sheet and the second curved sheet when the first edge and the second edge are abutting one another;
a processing station coupled to the carriage, wherein the processing station is movable with the carriage, and wherein the processing station comprises a welding apparatus operable to weld the first edge and the second edge as the carriage moves along the first edge of the first curved sheet and along the second edge of the second curved sheet when the first edge and the second edge are abutting one another;
a first magnetic member, configured to be positioned on the first upper surface of the first curved sheet adjacent the first edge;
a second magnetic member coupled to the carriage, wherein the second magnetic member magnetically couples to the first magnetic member when the first magnetic member is positioned on the first upper surface of the first curved sheet, and wherein the second magnetic member is movable with the carriage;
a third magnetic member, configured to be positioned on the second upper surface of the second curved sheet adjacent the second edge, and
a fourth magnetic member coupled to the carriage, wherein the fourth magnetic member magnetically couples to the third magnetic member when the third magnetic member is positioned on the second upper surface of the second curved sheet, and wherein the fourth magnetic member is movable with the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,364,030

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR USER INTERACTION AND FEEDBACK VIA CONTROL OF TETHER

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a control system, one or more operational parameters of a motor for a winch disposed in an aerial vehicle, wherein the winch comprises a tether and a spool;
detecting, by the control system, in the one or more operational parameters, an operational pattern of the motor that is indicative of an intentional user-interaction with the tether;
based on the detected operational pattern of the motor that is indicative of the intentional user-interaction with the tether, determining, by the control system, a motor response process; and
operating, by the control system, the motor in accordance with the determined motor response process.

US Pat. No. 10,364,026

TRACK AND TETHER VEHICLE POSITION ESTIMATION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”);
an elongated track that defines a pathway;
a shuttle slidably engaged with the track to move along the pathway, wherein the shuttle comprises a shuttle motor that is configured to move the shuttle along the pathway in response to a central processor determining a position of the UAV relative to the shuttle and in response to tension in a tethering line caused by a pulling force associated with movement of the UAV;
a tether mechanism coupled to the shuttle, the tether mechanism comprising:
a rotatable spool;
the tethering line having a first end collected about the rotatable spool and a second end coupled to the UAV, the rotatable spool configured to extend the tethering line as the rotatable spool is rotated in an extending direction and to retract the tethering line as the rotatable spool is rotated in a retracting direction;
an angle sensor configured to detect an angle of the tethering line in relation to the shuttle and output an angle signal associated with the angle; and
a distance sensor configured to detect a length of the tethering line extended from the rotatable spool and output a length signal associated with the length; and
a central processor comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory to store computer-executable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
generate, based at least partly on the angle signal, angle data;
generate, based at least partly on the length signal, length data; and
determine, based at least upon the angle data and the length data, the position of the UAV relative to the shuttle.

US Pat. No. 10,364,023

AIRCRAFT PROVIDED WITH A BUOYANCY SYSTEM, AND A BUOYANCY METHOD

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Marg...

1. An aircraft having an airframe that extends longitudinally along an anteroposterior plane, the airframe extending transversely from a left side to a right side, and in elevation from a bottom to a top, the aircraft having a buoyancy system, the buoyancy system being provided with at least one pair of two floats, two distinct floats of a pair being arranged transversely on opposite sides of the anteroposterior plane, wherein the buoyancy system is provided for each float with at least one slide mounted to slide relative to a rail, each rail extending in elevation along a skin of the airframe, each slide being attached to a corresponding float, each float is movable in elevation from a bottom position to a top position by each slide sliding along a rail, each float presenting a center of gravity present in a top plane perpendicular to the anteroposterior plane when in the top position, and in a bottom plane when in the bottom position, the bottom plane being parallel to the top plane and being situated below the top plane when the aircraft presents a roll angle of zero, the buoyancy system including, for each float a blocking system for blocking each float by default in the bottom position, and for only blocking the floats present on one of the sides of the aircraft in the top position under a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,364,021

AIRCRAFT HAVING AN AFT ENGINE AND STABILIZER ROOT FILLET

General Electric Company,...

1. A boundary layer ingestion fan assembly for mounting to an aft end of a fuselage of an aircraft, the aircraft defining a longitudinal direction, a vertical direction, and a lateral direction, the boundary layer ingestion fan assembly comprising:a fan rotatable about a central axis of the boundary layer ingestion fan assembly, the fan comprising a plurality of fan blades;
a nacelle surrounding the plurality of fan blades of the fan, the nacelle defining an inlet, the inlet extending substantially around the fuselage of the aircraft when the boundary layer ingestion fan is mounted at the aft end of the aircraft; and
a stabilizer assembly comprising:
a stabilizer extending between a root portion and a tip portion and extending between a leading edge and a trailing edge along the longitudinal direction, the stabilizer being mounted to the fuselage at the root portion; and
a root fillet extending between the stabilizer and the fuselage, the root fillet defining a flow directing surface configured for urging a flow of boundary layer air upward along the vertical direction; and
an airflow modifying element configured for directing or reducing swirl in the flow of boundary layer air, the airflow modifying element protruding from a surface of the root fillet and positioned in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,364,017

STRUCTURAL COMPONENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A structural component for an aircraft, comprising:a body with a first surface and a lug that extends out of the first surface, wherein the body and lug comprise a composite material and are integrally formed, and wherein the lug comprises a first element that extends at an angle from the first surface of the body and a second element that extends at an angle from a second surface that is at an angle to the first surface,
wherein the lug comprises a first flap of material that is folded out of the first surface at a first end of the body to form the first element, and a second flap of material that is folded out of the second surface at a second opposing end of the body to form the second element, and
wherein the first and second elements are integrally formed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,013

SHIP

1. A ship comprising:a storage tank configured to store liquefied gas (LNG);
a first engine configured to consume LNG at a first pressure;
a second engine configured to consume LNG at a second pressure lower than the first pressure;
a boil-off gas supply line configured to discharge boil-off gas from the storage tank;
at least two compressors installed in parallel to each other and downstream the boil-off gas supply line, wherein the at least two compressors are configured to receive boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank and to compress the boil-off gas to provide compressed boil-off gas;
a splitter comprising two or more valves and configured to receive the compressed boil-off gas from the at least two compressors and to split the compressed boil-off gas into at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas;
a first line configured to receive a first flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the at least two compressors;
a second line configured to receive a second flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the storage tank;
a third line configured to send a third flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas to the first engine;
a first heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank;
a first expander installed on the first line and configured to expand and cool the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing through the first line;
a second heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing downstream the first heat exchanger with the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the first expander;
a second expander installed on the second line downstream the second heat exchanger and configured to expand the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the second heat exchanger to cause liquefaction of at least part of the second flow; and
a fourth line branched off the second line at a branch-off point downstream the first heat exchanger and configured to send a portion of the second flow as a fourth flow toward the second engine; and
a third expander installed on the fourth line and configured to expand and cool the fourth flow in the fourth line,
wherein the fourth line downstream the third expander passes through the first heat exchanger such that the fourth flow heat exchanges with the second flow upstream the branch-off point in addition to the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank,
wherein the third expander is configured such that pressure of the fourth flow is adjusted for supplying the fourth flow to the second engine downstream the first heat exchanger and further such that the fourth flow downstream the third expander cools the second flow upstream the branch-off point along with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,364,003

HYBRID FIXED/FLOATING MARINE STRUCTURES

CMI LIMITED CO., Mariett...

1. A marine structure comprising:a buoyant deck configured to float on a body of liquid defining a liquid surface, the liquid surface defining a variable level and being subject to longer-term variation between an upper level and a lower level, the liquid surface also being subject to shorter-term fluctuations in level; and
at least one hydraulic damper in operative engagement with the buoyant deck, the at least one hydraulic damper configured to allow the buoyant deck to move up and down in response to the longer-term variation of the liquid surface level, but to resist movement of the buoyant deck in response to the shorter-term fluctuations in level;
wherein a portion of the at least one hydraulic damper is submerged in the body of liquid; and
wherein the at least one hydraulic damper receives liquid from and expels liquid to the body of liquid; and
further comprising at least one piling, wherein the buoyant deck is coupled to the piling to retain the buoyant deck in fixed position horizontally and allow movement of the buoyant deck vertically relative to the piling, and wherein the at least one hydraulic damper is positioned within the at least one piling.